Pregnant woman finds 'human toenail' in Woolworths meal

·News Reporter
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A heavily pregnant woman has detailed the sickening moment an object with striking likeness to a human toenail was found in a frozen meal from Woolworths.

Taylor Maree and her partner sat down to their On The Menu Chicken Kiev meal Tuesday evening after picking them up from the Dunlop Woolworths in the ACT hours earlier.

Shortly after tucking in, her partner recoiled in repulsion and spat out part of his mouthful due to biting into a hard foreign object, which they later suspected was a toenail.

Front of a Woolworths store.
The frozen meal was purchased from the Dunlop Woolworths on Tuesday. Source: Getty Images

“When he took a bite out of the chicken he felt the nail in his mouth and immediately spat it out,” Ms Maree told Yahoo News Australia.

“It had the texture of a toenail, it also looked exactly like a toenail. It had a small split in it in the same way a broken nail would.”

The toenail-like object was lodged into the chicken, she added, expressing relief at having not yet begun her meal prior to her partner’s discovery.

“I’m heavily pregnant at the moment so I tend to opt for microwave meals as an easy meal considering I’m not able to stomach much,” she said.

Meal on a plate with an object that looks like a toenail.
The object has the appearance and consistency of a toenail, according to the couple. Source: Supplied

“I had purchased one of the same meals for myself last night as well but immediately threw it out once I saw the nail in my partner’s.”

In a post to the supermarket’s Facebook page, she encouraged the retailer to “look into the product”.

Ms Maree said the ordeal was so traumatising that she wouldn’t be purchasing the frozen meal again.

Yahoo News Australia has contacted Vesco, the company who makes On The Menu products, for comment.

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the company had contacted the supplier of the product to raise the issue with them.

“We are aware of the customer’s report and have sent the report onto the supplier for immediate awareness,” they said.

“We encourage the customer to return the product back to their local store for a full refund.”

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