A grieving woman who lost her brother to coronavirus on Christmas Eve was forced to eat beans on toast after discovering her turkey was rotten.
Sara Revell had been looking forward to a glimmer of happiness after heartbreaking news.
But she is one of many who have complained today of being met by a "horrendous" smell when they opened up their Christmas turkeys.
Sara, from Folkestone, Kent, told the Mirror she lost her sibling yesterday, months after her mother died with Covid-19 at the peak of the UK lockdown in May.
She said: "When you're grieving for the mum you've lost and then your brother Christmas isn't important.
"However we had already bought the turkey crown.
"To top it off the turkey crown we bought was off. The smell is unbelievable.
"Can't wait to see the back end of this year, and I hope other people take this Covid epidemic seriously as I wouldn't want anyone to go through this unimaginable pain."
Sainsbury's, Tesco, Aldi and Asda were also hit with a flurry of complaints about festive poultry orders.
Enraged customers shared pictures of raw turkeys in bins, and complained they have no chance of getting a replacement with shops closed for the holiday.
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One said: "Absolutely gutted to find my turkey I brought from Sainsbury’s is off! It stinks it doesn’t go out of date until 26th,the day you delivered my shop had same date grapes which I let slide but no this is ridiculous so no turkey on Christmas."
Another added: "Thanks for the rancid, foul smelling, green turkey. Such a lovely way to end 2020."
Chris Charles tweeted: "Sorry to dampen the Christmas spirit but just opened the turkey we picked up yesterday (ordered in Nov) and it smells absolutely wretched. So looks like vegetarian Xmas this year"
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Another shared a photo of a rotten turkey and said: "Opened this to cook Xmas day has gone brown and smells awful! Xmas dinner without the turkey. Bad enough we are alone but now this. In date and kept in the fridge. Awful. Chicken fillets instead.
Twitter user Sarah Coleman said: "As if Tier 4 at Christmas wasn’t bad enough, Tesco have further let us down with an off Turkey Crown,"
"Nowhere open to buy a new one and Christmas dinner is ruined!"
Richard Woodward blasted Aldi, claiming his bird was expired too.
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He said: "Cheers 2020 gone off Turkey, tomorrow’s date. Vegetables only then."
A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said:“The quality of our products is extremely important and we’re looking into a very small number of complaints.”
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have exceptionally high standards for our Christmas turkeys so we’re sorry to hear about these concerns. We’ve sold hundreds of thousands of great quality British turkeys this Christmas and will investigate these few incidents.”
An Aldi spokesperson said: “We are sorry that a small number of our products did not meet our usual high standards.
"Customers can return any Aldi product that they are not completely satisfied with to their nearest store for a full refund.”
The Daily Star has also approached Lidl and Asda for comment.
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