A Tesco customer had quite the shock when he discovered an 'anus' in his £1.50 tinned beef curry (yep, the warning signals were there, let's face it).
Support worker Andrew Lee found the 'greyish skin coloured' tube when he was halfway through his dinner - saying it looked like a 'belly button or cat's anus'. Grim.
But before you panic, Tesco has since claimed that the suspected 'anus' was in fact a large blood vessel, asking Andrew to return the item so it can be investigated further.
Andrew, who hails from Swansea in Wales, says the mysterious object made him feel so sick that he couldn't eat for two days, complaining to the supermarket chain online.
Support worker Andrew Lee, 30. Credit: Kennedy News
The 30-year-old said: "It looked like a belly button or cat's anus. It was a shock.
"It's the first time I've noticed something like that before.
"There was the beginning of a tube then it was cut off. There was a bit of string on it too.
"It's weird. I don't think it's fat - it's super smooth. The texture is like silk.
"Someone said it could be a blood vessel but do they get that big?
"I'd already eaten half of my dinner before I found it and I felt sick. It'd been sat on my plate.
"I picked it up on the fork first and noticed the colour was different. It was like greyish skin coloured.
"You could tell it wasn't beef. Well, it could be beef, but not 'meat beef'.
"Normally you don't get any kind of fat or anything. I've never had anything odd in there before.
"I couldn't eat for about two days after that. It's the first diet that's worked.
"I normally love the beef curry with some jasmine rice and poppadoms. It's quite tasty.
"But I won't be having those tins again and I won't look at cats the same either."
Tesco has said that the suspected 'anus' was in fact a large blood vessel. Credit: Kennedy News
Andrew complained to the supermarket online, writing a humorously that losing his appetite was 'somewhat of a biblical occurrence' as he didn't actually reckon Tesco would reply.
But the supermarket did respond immediately, telling him: "I would suggest... taking this product with the thing and receipt into your local store for this to be investigated properly by my colleagues at the customer service desk."
Andrew continued: "Tesco even replied calling it a 'thing.' It made me feel worse if they're taking it so seriously too.
"After the Facebook post people were messaging me about it in disgust as if I'd found a new species. I'm worried.
"I have no idea what it is.
"When I wrote the post, I didn't think anyone would reply - I just thought it'd be funny.
"They said to go into a local Tesco and give it to them. I've kept everything safely in my fridge.
"I showed my partner who was there at the time and he was horrified.
"I had a tin of tomatoes once and there were caterpillars in there so it works either way. I won't go veggie anytime soon."
A spokesperson for Tesco said: "Our supplier has confirmed that the piece of beef in question is part of a blood vessel.
"We have apologised to Andrew and have asked him to return the product in question to their local store so we can investigate this further."
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