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Christmas Dinner is ruined after families discovered their turkeys had GONE OFF

Christmas dinners across the country have been ruined after families discovered their turkeys were ‘rotting and smelling’ when they went to cook them.

Turkeys sold by various supermarkets including Lidl, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s were found to be yellow and stinking when they were opened to be cooked this morning.

Furious customers have taken to social media to post pictures of the rotten birds with some saying it meant no Christmas dinner for their family. 

Disgusted families were left disappointed after they discovered their turkeys were rotten on Christmas Day

Angry customers have taken to social media to post pictures of the rancid birds with some saying it meant no Christmas dinner for their family

Angry customers have taken to social media to post pictures of the rancid birds with some saying it meant no Christmas dinner for their family

'Thanks @Tesco and 2020!!' wrote an angry shopper. 'Rotten and Smelling Turkey means no Christmas Dinner for my family! #ChristmasRuined'

 ‘Thanks @Tesco and 2020!!’ wrote an angry shopper. ‘Rotten and Smelling Turkey means no Christmas Dinner for my family! #ChristmasRuined’

Shoppers from Lidl, Tesco, and Sainsbury's found meat was smelly, slimy and yellow

Shoppers from Lidl, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s found meat was smelly, slimy and yellow

One person wrote that Christmas was now 'ruined' in what was already one of the worst years of their life

One person wrote that Christmas was now ‘ruined’ in what was already one of the worst years of their life

One Lidl customer named Jim posted pictures of their rotten £25 bird on Twitter on Christmas morning, claiming it had ‘ruined’ Christmas dinner.

They claimed to have bought the meat from the budget supermarket in Guisborough, North Yorkshire three days ago but found it was gone off and this morning – despite the sell-by-date being December 26.

‘Cheers @LidlGB. Bought this Turkey crown from Guisborough store 3 days ago, straight in the fridge, sell by date boxing day,’ he wrote.

‘Absolutely stinks, rotten meat. £24.18 for a ruined Christmas Dinner.’ 

MailOnline readers have reached out with similar stories of discovering their turkey was rancid when they took it out of the fridge. 

Jason Dando said his family had bought a Sainsbury’s turkey but when they opened it, the bird did not smell right. 

They thought they would chance cooking the turkey however, as it was cooking ‘it definitely smelt off’ and they decided it was too risky to continue.

Despite the last-minute change to the Christmas dinner, they decided to ‘make the best of it’ and served a spare nut loaf instead of the rotten turkey. 

Other disgusted readers have emailed in to say that due to their spoiled turkey they have had to order in food from JustEat, or cook beef or gammon instead. 

Jason Dando (pictured) decided to 'make the best of it' and served a spare nut loaf instead of the usual Christmas turkey after the bird smelt 'off' when they opened it

Jason Dando (pictured) decided to ‘make the best of it’ and served a spare nut loaf instead of the usual Christmas turkey after the bird smelt ‘off’ when they opened it

Some families only realised their turkeys were 'rotting and smelling' when they went to cook them

Some families only realised their turkeys were ‘rotting and smelling’ when they went to cook them

Furious customers have taken to social media to complain to the supermarkets about the rotten birds

Furious customers have taken to social media to complain to the supermarkets about the rotten birds

Other unhappy customers who bought their festive poultry in Tesco claimed that it was ‘rotten and smelling’ and ‘yellow’ when they went to put it in the oven this morning.

‘Thanks @Tesco and 2020!!’ wrote an angry shopper. ‘Rotten and Smelling Turkey means no Christmas Dinner for my family! #ChristmasRuined’

Another customer who bought their turkey in Tesco said they took it out of the fridge to find it had gone yellow and it ‘stinks’. 

Sarah Waite took to Twitter to complain about her Sainsbury’s-bought turkey which she found out was gone off this morning, writing it was ‘absolutely disgusting’.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: ‘The quality of our products is extremely important and we’re looking into a very small number of complaints.’

A Tesco spokesperson said: ‘We have exceptionally high standards for our Christmas turkeys so we’re sorry to hear about these concerns. 

‘We’ve sold hundreds of thousands of great quality British turkeys this Christmas and will investigate these few incidents.’

Tesco have asked customers with complaints to return their turkey to their nearest large store so they can investigate the issues further.

Lidl have been contacted for comment.

Common traits of a rotten turkey are dull, slimy flesh and a sour smell.

One disgruntled Tesco customer said that their turkey smelt so bad it made them sick

One disgruntled Tesco customer said that their turkey smelt so bad it made them sick

Tesco have asked customers with complaints to return their turkey to their nearest large store so they can investigate the issues further

Tesco have asked customers with complaints to return their turkey to their nearest large store so they can investigate the issues further

Other Christmas dinner blunders included online food shopping fails as more people did their Christmas shop online this year.

One unlucky Tesco customer, James Murden, ended up with one single Brussel sprout, rather than one bag of sprouts. 

He shared the blunder on Twitter, writing: ‘Please note: when ordering sprouts from @Tesco online, quantity 1 does not mean 1 bag of sprouts. It means 1 sprout.’

He paid 3p for the solitary sprout but his mishap sparked a thread of other supermarket delivery complications as people some people ended up with too much veg, rather than too little.

Another person shared a photo of an kitchen table covered in carrots explaining that they intended to buy six carrots and ended up with 6kg of carrots.

One unlucky Tesco customer, James Murden, ended up with one single Brussel sprout, rather than one bag of sprouts after he did his Christmas shop online this year

One unlucky Tesco customer, James Murden, ended up with one single Brussel sprout, rather than one bag of sprouts after he did his Christmas shop online this year

Another online delivery fail that was shared in the thread was a picture of a table covered in carrots, as they wrote that they had intended to buy six carrots but were sent 6kg of carrots

Another online delivery fail that was shared in the thread was a picture of a table covered in carrots, as they wrote that they had intended to buy six carrots but were sent 6kg of carrots

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