The 37-year-old customer from Great Barr in Birmingham, who asked not to be named, said he felt ‘let down’ after a slither of bacon dropped out of his McPlant burger on Wednesday morning
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A customer has been left feeling “let down” after finding a rasher of bacon in a much-vaunted vegan burger from McDonald’s.
The 37-year-old customer from Great Barr in Birmingham, who asked not to be named, said he bought two McPlant burgers from a McDonald’s in Sutton Coldfield on Wednesday morning.
After finishing the first one and biting into the second, a piece of bacon fell out.
But he only realized what it was when he finished the McPlant and looked down in horror at the strip of bacon.
A McPlant is a vegan burger made with a ‘plant-based patty’ that has been co-developed with Beyond Meat.
It is certified by the Vegetarian Society as an ‘approved’ vegan product. But on this occasion, it came with bacon, I claimed.
The customer told BirminghamLive : “I ordered two McPlants and was sat in the McDonald’s.
“I had eaten the first one and was halfway through the second one when a piece of bacon dropped out.
“I didn’t even realize it was bacon to begin with. I thought it was a piece of tomato as it was pink.
“The McPlants are full of salad anyway, so I didn’t really look it properly and I put it to one side and carried on eating the burger.
“When I realized I took it to the counter and said ‘there’s bacon in this’ and they said ‘we’re so sorry about that’. I then complained to customer services at home and was offered a £5 off if I spend £ 5 vouchers.”
The customer said he had been a pescatarian for 11 years, eating fish but not meat, but later became a vegan for just over two years.
He added: “My concern is that the McPlant is certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society. So it shouldn’t have happened if the society’s vegan rules were followed. The food areas are supposed to be completely separate.
“I feel let down. The fact that the McPlant has been accredited with the vegetarian societies vegan certification was good enough for me. It’s good that McDonald’s and other establishments finally offer a vegan burger.
“It indicates we’re going in the right direction and that the option is there to make a better choice. It’s good for animals, the environment and our health. Vegan eateries are few and far between. I just hope it doesn’t happen again.”
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said: “We absolutely recognize that it is not acceptable to serve meat when a vegan product has been ordered. We take order accuracy very seriously and have a number of procedures in place to avoid inaccurate orders and we are disappointed that we fell short of these on this occasion.
“When the matter was brought to the attention of our restaurant team, we immediately apologized for this mistake. Our customer services team has also been in contact with the customer to offer our apologies and help find a resolution.”