AN Aldi customer says she has been put off eggs for life after finding a strange object she mistook for an embryo.
Annele Piercy posted a snap of the egg showing a perfect yolk with an oddly-shaped pale pink string-like structure within the white.
The 39-year-old from Durham posted an image of the weird find with the caption: “This is what I found in my eggs that I bought. Put off eggs for life.”
On social media, one revolted viewer wrongly claimed the object could be the “umbilical cord”.
But Aldi today stepped in to categorically deny it was an embryo, insisting it was a naturally-occuring feature made more prominent by cooking.
Annele Piercy bought the box of eggs from Aldi on November 4 at the chain’s Washington Retail Park.
The full time carer had just started a diet and was “excited” to have an egg for breakfast before she discovered the horrific sight.
Many users on social media commented on Annele’s post with disgust at the Aldi egg with the unknown object.
Among those to misinterpret the image was Suzanne Alban, who wrote: “God. It looks like the umbilical cord.”
Tweders Paula wrote: “Omg. What on earth is that?”
Speaking today, (Wed) she said: “I will not use eggs in the future. I felt so sick. I had my bacon in the pan so it all went in the bin.
“I did show it to my young children who were in shock and said I cooked a baby.
“I have just started slimming world and eggs are a free food so I was excited for my breakfast.”
She continued: “I put my bacon and tomatoes in the pan and cooked them for a bit then I was ready for my eggs. I cracked the egg into the pan with my bacon.
“Eww. To my horror it turned my stomach out in the pan. It was a baby embryo of a baby chick. I couldn’t even look at it, from now on I will stick to bran flakes.”
But a spokesman for Aldi today revealed: “What Ms Piercy’s photograph shows is a naturally occurring part of the egg, which has become more prominent during cooking.
“It categorically is not an embryo. Our supplier only keeps female hens, making it impossible for this egg to become fertilised.
“We have spoken to Ms Piercy and she has accepted a full refund.”