Viral Video Shows Disgusting 'Octopus-Like' Growth in Carton of Aldi Almond Milk

An Aldi customer claims to have made an alarming discovery in a recently-purchased carton of the brand's almond milk—and a disturbing video, showcasing her findings, has gone viral on TikTok, amassing over 3 million views in just days.

The clip, which can be viewed here, exemplifies a type of content that has thrived on the app, as consumers today increasingly use social media as a tool to call out large corporations and companies—and share the details of their negative experiences directly with their peers.

The Aldi almond milk video, shared by user @nikky_afo earlier this week, begins by showing what appears to be a newly-opened carton of almond milk. An expiration date is clearly visible on the container, noting that the product is intended to last until 2022.

"I just opened it right now," says a woman's voice, off-camera. In her hand, she holds the carton's seal, suggesting that she had just removed it from the package.

The unnamed woman goes on to explain that she noticed something "lumpy" in the carton when she opened it. "I can feel something," she says, pouring the almond milk into the sink. Meanwhile, the TikToker, known on the app as Nikky, films the scene.

A solid, blue-gray substance becomes visible, lurking in the carton. The woman proceeds to cut the container open—and as soon as Nikky sees its contents, she screams, fleeing to the other side of the room and sending the camera into chaos.

Eventually, the woman empties the substance out onto a plate. What's revealed is a layered, skin-like mass that exactly matches the shape and dimensions of the almond milk carton. The women use scissors to peel apart the flexible, brown-green layers.

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A UK shopper carrying a basket of groceries at Aldi, 2018. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

The clip racked up over 400,000 comments in just a few days, with commenters shocked by the horrific display. Many, for example, wrote that the growth looked like a "sea creature" or "octopus." Others, referencing its many layers, described it as a "forbidden lasagna."

Perhaps more reasonably, many commenters suggested that the mass was a mold growth—a likely possibility, given its physical resemblance to a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), an example of controlled bacterial growth used to make some fermented foods and drinks.

Aldi has since released a statement to Newsweek, confirming the incident.

"We have [apologized] to the customer that this product didn't live up to our usual high standards," said a spokesperson from the brand. "Although rare, incidents like this can occasionally occur if packaging is damaged at any point before the product is consumed, as the contents may be exposed to air."

Two update videos posted by the TikTok account, showing chat conversations with an Aldi customer service representative, further explain the culprit.

"As discussed, the cause is likely due to a breach in the packaging, which had allowed air to enter and caused the item to perish and form the [mold] substance," they wrote.

They added: "Please be assured that we will continue to insist on the highest standards from our suppliers at all times, and the details regarding this product have been forwarded to the relevant team for monitoring purposes."

The Aldi spokesperson also noted that they plan on sending a £40 ($54.98 USD) store credit voucher to the customer "as a gesture of goodwill."

Newsweek has reached out to @nikky_afo for additional comment.