A vegetarian woman accidentally ate meat for the first time due to a serious McDonald’s order mixup. She left ‘traumatised’ when she had one bite of it. 

She has ordered a veggie deluxe meal. But due to some error, she was given a chicken burger in veggie wrapping at a Maccies restaurant in Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

The 26-year-old was left ‘vomiting and in tears’ after a single bite when she realized she’d been given chicken instead.




“I’m completely traumatised from being given chicken that’s labeled as a veggie burger when I’ve never eaten meat in my life.

“I’ve vomited and I still feel sick, it is DANGEROUS to mislabel food!!!”

“I immediately burst into tears and was physically sick.

“I was really hungry and looking forward to it.

“I took a bite into it and then when I swallowed I realised this was not what I was expecting to bite into.

“Because I’ve never eaten meat, it didn’t really register that it tasted like meat because I didn’t know what [meat] tasted like. It tasted similar to Quorn but the veggie deluxe doesn’t taste like that.”

She added: “As soon as I realised, I froze and I messaged my boyfriend saying that I’m really panicking. I asked him to check if they’d changed the veggie burger, but when I Googled it I saw they hadn’t.

“It traumatised me. I actually got Calum [her boyfriend] to come and pick me up because I didn’t want to be on my own and I needed some moral support. He was upset on my behalf too.

“It’s dangerous. If you’re mislabelling food then it could be something someone’s allergic to. I know chicken isn’t a common allergy but as I’d never eaten it I could have been severely allergic to it. I could have been hospitalised.

“I used to really enjoy the veggie deluxe when I couldn’t be bothered cooking but I’ll never eat at McDonald’s again. I was feeling ill the whole night and then right into the next day.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson said of the incident: “We recognise that it is not acceptable to serve meat when a vegetarian product has been ordered, and we sincerely apologise to the customer for the mistake that was made in this instance.

“We have a number of procedures in place to avoid inaccurate orders, but in this case, these were not followed, and we are looking into why this occurred.

“Our Customer Services Team is currently in contact with the customer to help find a resolution.”