By: Anuradha

We all have different believes and faiths in our religions. When you try to follow religious principles, you let yourself to be controlled by these beliefs and therefore, when you happened to face something that distorts yours believes you can feel really wounded by that.

Rianne Ward is a Muslim mum who converted to Islam 7 years ago. She refrains from eating pork as it’s a religious convention and recently, she had to face an unpleasant incident. the lasagne sauce that she ate ‘tasted like bacon’ and the 39-year-old said the sauce which was labeled as vegetarian made her feel sick. She took the jar back to Aldi made the staff smell it. 

Rianne Ward (39) convinced she was left furious after eating the lasagne sauce. Credit: Derbyshire Live

Speaking to Derby Telegraph she said, “I just sat down and my young son said ‘Mummy, this smells like bacon’. When I ate it, it tasted just like bacon which made me feel sick. I was absolutely seething and went back down to the store. I just went in with the jar of sauce and made them smell it. I thought it must have been contaminated.”

Mrs. Ward has lodged a formal complaint and she has kept the jar in her refrigerator as evidence. She thinks that she would be compensated by the supermarket as she feels she has ‘betrayed her religion’.

She said, “I’m absolutely furious. I’ve been a Muslim for years now and avoided bacon for so long.

Rianne Ward is hoping to be compensated by Aldi. Credit: Derbyshire Live

“Then this happens. I felt like I’d betrayed my religion. Aldi has told me they are going to test the sauce to see if it has been contaminated. It’s just not on.”

However, Aldi has reassured Mrs. Ward that sauce was vegetarian and speaking to LADbible and Aldi spokesperson said,

“We are sorry to hear Ms. Ward is unhappy with this product but can reassure her that our lasagne sauce is completely meat free. The product is flavored with smoked salt which gives the distinctive taste.”

Aldi has confirmed that the sauce is meat free (Image: PA)

Last year, campaigners raised concerns that processed meats, such as bacon, contain nitrites, which result in carcinogenic nitrosamines, believed to be responsible for bowel cancer. Speaking to Sky news they said “There is a consensus of scientific opinion that nitrites in processed meats result in the production of carcinogenic nitrosamines – and therefore increase cancer risk for those who regularly consume traditional bacon and ham”

For these reasons, we are concerned that not enough is being done to raise awareness of nitrites in our processed meat and their health risks, in stark contrast to warnings regularly issued regarding sugar and fattening foods.

“We must work together to raise awareness of their risks and encourage the much wider use of nitrite-free alternatives that are safer and can reduce the number of cancer cases.”

Senior cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, added: “The vast majority of bacon on sale today still contains these dangerous carcinogens.

“Government action to remove nitrates from processed meats should not be far away. The meat industry must act fast, act now – or be condemned to a similar reputational blow to that dealt with tobacco.”

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