Dead bird five inches long found in Tesco ‘ready to eat’ salad


A couple eating a romantic meal by candlelight reportedly found a five-inch long dead bird in their salad.

James and Jasmine Watson made the grisly find after dishing up a pre-packed baby leaf salad with their steak and chips.

Mr Watson started tucking in before spotting the soggy remains on his plate.

Tesco said the bird was a Blackcap European warbler – usually found in Spain and Italy – and offered the couple £200 compensation.

Sales director Mr Watson, 32, said: ‘I took three mouthfuls and then saw it. My first reaction was why have I got a soggy fishcake on my plate?

‘But then I saw its beak and realised it was a full-size dead bird.

‘We couldn’t believe it. We both got off our stools and stood there in utter amazement for at least two minutes.

‘We only had a few low lights on so we were effectively eating by candlelight.’

The £1.50 salad – marked ‘washed and ready to eat’ on the bag – had been ordered online before being delivered by Tesco.

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