A Sydney mother was shocked this week to discover “animal poo” in a bag of frozen blueberries she purchased from Woolworths last Friday.
The 34-year-old Eastgardens woman, who did not wish to be named, spotted something that “was definitely not a blueberry” while preparing to feed her twin children breakfast on Monday.
“I defrosted them in the microwave and then I was just spooning them out into their bowls,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.
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That’s when she found the “pellet-shaped form” which she believed was “animal poo”.
“I cut it in half and looked at it … it was pretty disgusting,” she said.
“I was so turned off, I didn’t even want to eat myself.”
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Woolworths said the find was an anomaly and its blueberries — which are grown in Chile — go through stringent cleaning and inspection when they arrive at the factory.
The woman warned people to double-check frozen goods anyway.
“Check inside (the packaging) of anything frozen,” she said.
“Whether you’re defrosting, or about to chuck veggies in for a stir-fry, check everything thoroughly.”
The woman said she discovered ‘animal poo’ in frozen blueberries from Woolworths. Credit: Supplied
Woolworths confirmed it is following up with the supplier, and said the woman is welcome to return the product for a full refund.
“We haven’t received any similar complaints for our Woolworths frozen blueberries,” the supermarket giant told 7NEWS.com.au.
“Farms growing the fruit for Woolworths Frozen Blueberries are required to have pest and animal controls in place, as well following good agricultural practices regarding the storage and handling of harvested fruit.
“The manufacturing site which produces Woolworths Frozen Blueberries maintains a pest control program.
“Once at the factory, the blueberries undergo multiple cleaning and inspection steps, one of which includes washing the blueberries through a sanitising bath before they are frozen and packed.”
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