Disgusted families have today taken to social media to complain that their Christmas was ruined because their supermarket turkeys were inedible.
Shoppers complained that birds purchased from Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Asda, Aldi and Lidl were rotten.
Some even posted pictures of their ruined ‘green’, ‘rancid’ and ‘stinking’ meals.
One frustrated shopper said her essential Waitrose butter basted turkey crown was inedible when defrosted
Families have claimed their Christmases were ‘ruined’ after discovering their turkeys were ‘rotten’ and ‘rancid’
Customers from Sainsbury’s said they found ‘green’ meat when they opened the packaging
Nicola Thorn said she paid over £40 for a turkey from Morrisons only to find it ‘stinky, green and rotton’
Kelly, who purchased an essential Waitrose butter basted turkey crown for Christmas Day, said her bird was inedible when defrosted.
She said: ‘Wasn’t able to eat it unfortunately – very much off! I think it hadn’t been packaged correctly – was all dry and bad.’
Kelly has contacted the supermarket who agreed to look into the situation.
Another supermarket shopper, Mandy Evans, said: ‘Well fabulous, one stinking, off turkey! Thanks very much and Happy Christmas it’s the last time I buy any meat from you.
Kim Ackroyd said her Oakham Turkey Crown was ‘rotten’ despite having been kept in the fridge with use-by date of December 27
Another shopper tweeted that they opened their Asda bird on Christmas Eve to find a ‘horrific smell of rotten turkey’
Another shopper, Mark Field, warned shoppers to be careful of birds purchased from his local Aldi
‘You can have the stinking thing back tomorrow #turkey #aldi’
Leigh Tredget said she discovered her turkey was ‘rancid’ after opening the packaging on Tuesday morning – despite it having a ‘best before’ date of December 26.
She said: ‘@AldiUK opened my Christmas turkey to cook this morning and the thing is rancid.
‘Best before date is 26 December and it had been in the fridge since buying it Friday.
Allison Goldfinch said her free range turkey from Lidl was ‘extremely smelly’ despite having a best before date of December 26
Chris Hall posted a photograph of his ‘bad’ turkey to Twitter on Christmas Day – purchased from Tesco just two days earlier
Others tweeted the supermarkets from which they bought the birds asking for advice on how to feed their families
This Tesco basted turkey crown was ‘smelly’ and ‘ruined’ the Christmas dinner of another shopper
‘Really disappointed, as our guests will be when they turn up to a turkey-less turkey dinner!’
Sonya Kelly also purchased her Christmas turkey from Aldi. She wrote: ‘Massive thanks to Aldi for selling us a gone off turkey. Christmas dinner is RUINED.’
Mark Field, from Hemel Hempstead, warned other supermarket shoppers to be careful of turkeys purchased in his local Aldi as his bird was ‘rancid’.
Louise Mcgregor tweeted that Tesco had ‘ruined xmas’ after she was forced to throw her ‘rancid’ turkey in the bin
Another turkey, from Sainsbury’s, was apparently ‘mouldy’ on Christmas Eve – three days before its ‘use by’ date
Another Twitter user, Carnifex, said his ‘off’ turkey from Tesco ‘ruined xmas dinner’
He said: ‘Anyone who got a turkey from @AldiUK just be careful because ours is rancid and we won’t be cooking it that’s for sure!
‘Meat handling and storage procedures are definitely lacking at #Aldi.’
Jason McGrenra said a turkey purchased from Sainsbury’s in Loughton ‘ruined’ his first Christmas with his little girl.
He said: ‘We bought ours from Sainsbury’s and had to bin it as it was rotten!!
‘The smell would make you sick. It was our first Christmas with our little girl and it was ruined.’
Sharon Beard said her Waitrose turkey was ‘ripe’ and had to be binned because ‘the smell was awful’
Jason McGrenra purchased his turkey from Sainsbury’s in Loughton – but had to bin the ‘rotten’ meat
Another bird, with a use-by date of December 26, was apparently ‘already gone off’ on Christmas Day
Allison Goldfinch bought a free range turkey from Lidl and refrigerated it in preparation for Christmas Day.
But when she unwrapped the bird she found it was ‘extremely smelly’.
She said: ‘I bought a free range turkey from Lidl which was extremely smelly despite best before date of 26 December and being refrigerated since purchase.
‘I couldn’t serve it and had 10 for Xmas dinner. Got very stressed.’
Another disappointed shopper, Natz Smith, said she had a similar experience with a turkey purchased from Tesco.
Rick contacted Tesco on social media to let them know a turkey he bought from the supermarket was ‘off’
Richard said his turkey crown from Tesco had the ‘disgusting smell of raw eggs’ when it was unwrapped
Lauren Burke said the turkey she bought from Aldi in Northwich, Cheshire had ‘yellow slime all over it’
She said: ‘Thanks Tesco. Best Christmas ever with a mouldy turkey!!! Absolutely disgusted.’
The supermarket responded to her complaint and suggested she return to the store she bought it from with her receipt.
It said: ‘I’m really sorry you’re unhappy with the turkey you bought from us.
One Tesco shopper even said his son was ‘crying’ after discovering their Christmas turkey was ‘off’
‘Please return with your receipt to the store you bought it from and the Store Manager will be happy to help.
‘Thanks again for letting us know about this.’
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: ‘We apologise to the handful of customers whose Christmas orders have not met our usual high standards, and are investigating these cases.’
Tesco told one customer to return to their point of purchase with the receipt over Twitter on Monday
An Aldi spokesperson said: ‘We are sorry that, in a small number of instances, we did not meet our usual high-quality standards.
‘Customers can return any product that they are not satisfied with to their nearest store for a full refund.’
MailOnline has contacted all supermarkets involved for comment.