A Chinese takeaway has responded after ‘very upsetting’ allegations claiming a ‘rat tail’ was found in a customer’s curry.
Meridian Cantonese & English takeaway, based on Witton Lodge Road in Perry Common, was forced to hit back at ‘false’ claims shared to social media on Friday night (August 7).
The customer alleged she was tucking into her takeout when she spotted what she initially thought was a vegetable – but later believed to be a rodent’s tail.
The woman, who says she has worked in catering for over 30 years, posted the photos to Facebook as she also alleged the item was ‘furry’.
It was shared over 100 times and sparked an outpouring of disgust over the mysterious object – which the takeaway has insisted was a chilli stem.
The family-run business added that it was ‘very upset by the incident’, having received a level four rating for food and hygiene safety in 2019 and ‘earlier this year’.
It pleaded with customers to ‘stick by us’ and thanked loyal diners for their custom at a turbulent time for businesses.
Responding on Sunday (August 9), Meridian wrote: “Dear loyal customers, on Friday night one of our customers said she had a rat tail in her take out- I would like to respond to this allegation.
“It is not a rat’s tail, it is a chilli stem. We will be contacting trading standards, Birmingham on Monday morning when they re-open.
“We have received a rating of level 4 from food and hygiene safety this year, this is why we are very upset by this incident, we urge you to please stick by us.
“We will keep you up to date. This is a family business and we thank you for your support.”
Others said they had never had a problem in years of takeaways.
One wrote: “So glad they’ve done this, can’t believe people believed this!!! Clearly a chilli, said it from the start.”
Another added: “People need to make a decision for themselves. We have eaten from here and never had a problem. Curry is so good.”