The wife of a former NFL player has encouraged people to be careful after finding a Redback spider lurking in broccoli she had bought from Coles.
Fiona Scotts, who is the wife of Colin Scotts, made the shocking discovery earlier this month when she went shopping at their Bellevue Hill home in eastern Sydney.
& # 39; I could easily have been bitten, & # 39; said Mrs. Scotts The Daily Telegraph.
Scotts said that if his wife had not discovered that the deadly arachnid was hiding in the vegetable, it might have bitten one of his unsuspecting children.
Fiona Scotts (photo), the wife of Colin Scotts, made the shocking discovery earlier this month when she went shopping in their Bellevue Hill home in eastern Sydney
After they made the discovery, the couple reached out to Coles to let them know about the spin, but they claim that the supermarket giant's answer is & # 39; disappointing & # 39; used to be.
After they made the discovery, the couple reached out to Coles to let them know about the spin, but they claim that the reaction of the supermarket giant & # 39; disappointing & # 39; used to be.
Mr. Scott said they did not receive a formal apology from Coles, who allegedly sent them what seemed to be a pre-written template letter and a $ 50 gift voucher.
& # 39; The way they treated us is absolutely regrettable, & # 39; said Scott.
But a Coles spokesperson has denied the claim and says the supermarket understands how disturbing it must have been for the family to find the relocated spider, which is a national problem.
& # 39; Redback spiders hide in broccoli crops is a problem for the entire industry and Coles works closely with our suppliers and industry to remove any risk & # 39 ;, the spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
& # 39; All Coles broccoli suppliers are required to keep their fields clean and to have pest control systems in place to prevent product contamination during packaging.
& # 39; All broccoli is visually inspected when harvesting and packaging for the presence of pests, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Scott said: & # 39; The general public needs to know when they buy things like broccoli. Do not assume that there is nothing deadly in it. & # 39;
The Sydney wife of a prominent former NFL player has urged people to be careful after finding a Redback spider lurking in broccoli she bought from Coles
Scotts (photo right) said that if his wife had not discovered that the deadly arachnid was hiding in the cruciferous vegetable, it might have bitten one of his unsuspecting children
But despite being an unwelcome visitor to Scotts' house, a horticultural expert said the presence of the spider provides a good piece of information about the food industry.
Postharvest physiologist Jenny Ekman told Daily Mail Australia that if you find a spider in your vegetables, it means that they have not been treated with many pesticides.
& # 39; The & # 39; silver liner & # 39; herein is that it demonstrates that farmers are using sustainable practices – not about cultivating the soil, not spraying broad spectrum pesticides and increasing the presence of beneficial insects such as ladybugs and wire flies, both of which are potential prey to spinning, & said Ekman.
A Coles spokesperson denied the claim and said the supermarket understands how disturbing it must have been to find the displaced spider, which is a national problem
An expert in horticulture said the presence of the spider provides a good piece of information about the food industry
But despite the good news, the physiologist said that there had not been so many reports of spiders this year because growers were aware of the bad publicity it could bring.
& # 39; Over the past three years, the incidence of spiders (and other insects) in broccoli has fallen extremely sharply, & # 39; she said.
"This is due to increased vigilance on the part of growers, who do everything they can to remove spots that can hide spiders on equipment and facilities, and who inspect the harvested product before it is packaged," Ekman said.
She said that although it is understandable that many people are afraid of spiders and they certainly do not like to find fresh products, they are a natural part of the environment.
& # 39; I personally find them fascinating and rather beautiful. It's a shame that not everyone can appreciate how wonderful they are, & she said.
Of the 88 cases reported in the three years prior to June 2018, 42 were made in Queensland, 25 in South Australia, 11 in NSW, 6 in Victoria and 4 in Western Australia, according to growers' research at the end of last year.
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