A ROGUE factory worker is suspected of planting a chicken nugget in a pack of Quorn veggie cocktail sausages in an effort to sabotage the brand.
CCTV footage of the manufacturer’s production line has been scoured and staff were interviewed after a vegetarian chomped on the nugget from the pack he bought in Kent.
Quorn A vegetarian believes a pack of Quorn cocktail sausages contained a chicken nugget (file image)
Matthew Barlow, 42, has not eaten meat for 20 years and wasn’t sure what the nugget was when he took a bite.
He told The Daily Mail: “The texture seemed odd to me.
“It was chewy and not like a normal veggie product’s texture. I have no idea what meat should feel or taste like any more.”
Barlow, of Maidstone, contacted Quorn Foods, which collected the nugget and confirmed it was chicken after testing.
The manufacturer revealed the sausages were produced at an undisclosed plant in the North East that also handles meat products.
The sausages are made of mycoprotein that comes from a type of fungus.
Barlow said the company pulled people off the production line and interviewed them but no one said they had planted the nugget.
He suspects one of the workers “must have popped the nugget in the package to prank a vegetarian”.
Barlow added fellow vegetarians would be “appalled” to learn Quorn products were being made alongside meat ones.
Quorn Foods said more than 90 per cent of its products are made at sites that are meat-free.
At production sites where it is mixed, the manufacturer said it followed strict segregation procedures approved by the Vegetarian Society and the Vegan Society.
The company reportedly added the production line in the North East is separate from the line used for meat products and it is always thoroughly cleaned to prevent cross contamination.
A spokeswoman quoted by the Mail confirmed the company interviewed staff and looked at the CCTV footage, but was unable to find where the nugget came from.
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She added its policies meant accidental cross-examination is impossible, but it is possible the nugget was “introduced deliberately by a factory employee”.
Quorn Foods offered Barlow compensation.
The Sun Online contact Quorn Foods for comment.
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