Bought from the Burnham-on-sea branch, Paul Streeter from Weare, Somerset, said his girlfriend was sick after the carcass was discovered in the baby leaf and rocket salad.

Neither he, nor his vegetarian wife, could believe their eyes, especially as his wife was seconds away from eating the decomposed and shrivelled bird. Upon investigation it was thought the bird was a baby starling.

There will be some red faces at Tesco, and their supplier, who said it would be conducting a “thorough investigation”.

To view the full TV report on the BBC click here.