A vegan has been left “shocked” after being told his Asda pizza may be “contaminated” with dairy cheese.
Richard Nolan visited the store in Bedminster on Wednesday (October 30) but was left shocked by an admission by the assistant working at the pizza counter.
The 69-year-old, who has been a committed vegan for eight years, was told that there’s no guarantee that dairy cheese wasn’t getting into the vegan pizza sauce.
The assistant said this was because the cheese was next to the vegan sauce and sometimes contaminated it.
Mr Nolan was left “shocked” by the discovery and refused to purchase a pizza.
“The assistant told me there’s a possibility that the pizza could have cheese in it,” he told Bristol Live.
“I’ve been buying that pizza from the counter for a couple of years and nobody has ever said to me it could be contaminated.
“It really shocked me – how can they stand there and say there’s a possibility of contamination and then still serve it?
“I think it’s just absolutely terrible.
“I became vegan because of the treatment of animals, particularly the dairy industry – I don’t agree with that at all.
“What about people who are intolerant to dairy?
“I’m really annoyed about it.”
Mr Nolan added he will not purchasing vegan pizzas from the supermarket giant in the future.
“I’m not going back until they change their methods,” he said.
What Asda have said
As Asda spokesperson said: “All of our counter pizzas are freshly prepared with a variety of different toppings, including some that are Vegan Society approved, for our customers to enjoy.
“Due to our pizzas being prepared in store there is clear signage on the counters and the pizzas themselves informing customers about the potential presence of milk, eggs and other allergens.
“In addition, our colleagues are trained to provide product information to customers and we carry out regular in-store checks to ensure that we are doing the right thing for our customers.
“Whilst we understand the customer’s concerns, the safety and wellbeing of our customers is a priority.”
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