21-year-old Isobel Lentaigne has been left shaken after finding what appeared to be duck in a Houmous & Falaffel wrap from grocery giant Sainsbury's.
A long-term vegan, Lentaigne had been taking part in an Anonymous for the Voiceless animal rights demonstration in Bristol when she started eating the wrap.
However, she did not notice the offending substance until she was at the pub later that day.
Lentaigne told Bristol Post: "Everyone said it was meat. I think it's hoisin, based on the smell. I have been vegan for four and a half years and I am shocked."
She added: "I have eaten meat and the very thought of meat makes me sick. I don’t see it as meat - I see it as part of an animal that has suffered, and I have now got those parts inside of me."
The wrap was clearly marked 'vegan' despite what could be found inside - and Sainsbury's has been unable to explain the incident as yet.
A spokesperson for the company said: "We're investigating with our supplier and would like to offer our apologies to Isobel."
The event has left Lentaigne uneasy about future purchases - saying that vegans and vegetarians should be allowed to inspect premade food prior to purchase.
She added: "It's certainly made me re-evaluate doing my shopping at supermarkets - especially if I'm buying sandwiches!"
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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