LIDL have launched an investigation after a customer discovered rocks inside one of their stone-baked pizzas.
Kanika Dada from Finchfield, Wolverhampton was left horrified last Tuesday [12 May] when she bit into the £2 only to hear a loud “crunch”.
The 31-year-old immediately spat the food out and noticed two small stones, which had cracked her filling.
Lidl said they were “very concerned” by Kanika’s discovery and have escalated the matter with their supplier.
Pictures show the lumps of stone that Kanika spat out onto a napkin, apparently still bearing traces of the cheese they were embedded in.
Another photo shows Kanika’s broken filling, which she spent £9 fixing with a makeshift kit as her own dentist is shut due to the pandemic.
Kanika’s husband Swaraj took to social media to complain to the retailer.
He posted the images with the caption: “Guys, be careful when buying your frozen foods from Lidl, we had stones in our stone-baked pizza.
“I think someone needs to enlighten Lidl that stones are not supposed to be an ingredient to stone-baked pizza. Wife has lost her tooth filling as a result.
“Lidl GB thanks, but no thanks for putting extra toppings in our pizza.”
Abhay Gautam reacted to Swaraj’s posts writing: “Lidl’s Baked Stone Pizza – we took the cheese out and put the nature In your pizza. Hoping that Kanika is doing well.”
Ghulam Sharif added: “I don’t know how stones can get into the Pizza dough.
“Definitely Lidl needs to check the batch of pizzas from the suppliers. Hope your wife is okay Swaraj.”
Monis Dehlvi wrote: “It mentions an improved recipe.”
Abdo Abdorab said: “I guess it does say stone on the advertising so no misleading there. jokes aside, that’s seriously bad.”
Speaking today [Mon], Swaraj said: “It was eaten by me, my wife and our little one who is two years and eight months old.
“We had to fill in a temporary filling and she has had to go into work today with this condition. We are considering taking some action definitely. Thankfully we think out little one is okay.
“When we started eating it, I felt the pizza did have a different taste.
“I could feel something like very hard crumbs and while I was thinking that something didn’t feel right, I heard a crackling sound.
“It sounded like her tooth had broken due to biting on something very hard.
“Next she just spat her last bite and stopped me from eating further. She was in pain, when we looked closer we found stones.
“The big stone was the one she had bit on, not sure if that broke into two pieces or there were two stones and little stone-y crumbs.
“She was in pain and her filling had come off, next morning we called our dentist who was closed due to coronavirus so she had to survive with a first aid temporary filling.
A spokeswoman for Lidl GB said: “We take product safety extremely seriously and were therefore very concerned to learn of this.
“Following initial contact from the customer on Tuesday 12th May, we can confirm that the matter was escalated to our Quality Assurance team, who are investigating with the supplier and will keep the customer updated on the outcome.”