Disgusted shoppers have flooded Aldi with complaints saying they’ve found caterpillars and maggots crawling in the supermarket’s broccoli.
Dozens of angry customers have shared photographs they claim show the bugs wriggling in their veg as they tuck into dinner.
Some of the critters can be seen poking their heads out of the florets, while others cling on as they are boiled alive.
Shopper Becky Bellworthy, who washed the veg before cooking it, said: "I know Aldi is good value but I wasn’t expecting free protein with my broccoli, absolutely vile!
"They were very entwined with the florets so didn’t notice until after cooking."
More than 30 people alone in the past few weeks have publicly contacted Aldi via its social media sites to complain about the "vile" discoveries that have ruined their dinner plans – and put them off broccoli.
Claire Austin tweeted the company and said: "Got another broccoli from you this week which had about 20 caterpillars on it!
"Don’t have the packaging as again we had opened it and ate some before keeping the rest for another day. Won’t be buying broccoli from you again."
Jak Hill-Bagg bought his broccoli from the Glastonbury store and had just tucked into his roast dinner when he saw the uninvited addition on his plate.
He wrote: "I’m all for Aldi and their banging bargains, but bought one of your broccoli and this little b*ggar decided to join me for tea. Your potatoes, chicken and broccoli have now all been chucked into the bin."
He added: "I don’t know if I can eat broccoli again."
While Becca Keddie said: "Disgusted to find a caterpillar in tonight’s vegetables. Not what you expect from a reputable supermarket. I’ll be thinking twice before buying again that’s for sure!!!"
The broccoli is sold under Aldi’s organic ‘crispy and crunchy’ range, as well as its Nature’s Pick brand.
The veg is grown in different parts of the UK – including Lincolnshire and Cornwall – and is packed in Atherstone, Warwickshire.
Iona tweeted the supermarket and said: "Horrendous experience tonight with food from Aldi. Never been so disappointed in a supermarket.
"Whilst making my dinner I began chopping some of your broccoli when two live caterpillars came out of the vegetable that had been wrapped in plastic. Seriously concerning."
Billy Hutchinson bought his from Brownhills in the West Midlands, he said: "Some little friends I wasn’t expecting on your in date broccoli which I purchased yesterday."
Danielle Claire-Louise replied: "Literally just found the same thing…that I bought from my local store in Norwich!!!
"Not a happy bunny….gone to cut up my broccoli I bought form my local store for our roast dinner…only to find not one…but a load of caterpillars crawling around all over it. Surely they should not be on there especially as it’s gone through packaging!!!"
Other shoppers have vowed never to buy broccoli again from Aldi, which was recently named cheapest supermarket in the country.
Olivia Amos-Plant wrote: "Absolutely disgusted to find what I can only describe as a maggot in my broccoli!!! Not sure I can bring myself to buy another broccoli from Aldi ever again.
"I am that upset I had to set up a Twitter account to let the world know!"
Aldi has been replying to complaints by asking shoppers to private message them with details of the store they bought the broccoli from.
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However, one shopper who defended Aldi, said: "I cant believe people are moaning about nature. You buy organic which means there are no pesticides used. It’s where caterpillars live."
An Aldi spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, this can happen with products that are grown outdoors in natural conditions. We have shared our customers’ feedback with our supplier."
Meanwhile, the company was recently forced to apologise to a customer who found a single crisp inside a packet of Aldi Cheese Curls.
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