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Vegetable vendor finds rat poison in lettuce
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Vegetable vendor finds rat poison in lettuce

Published: 09 Mar 2013 11:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Mar 2013 11:08 GMT+01:00

A vegetable seller in western Germany realised that the lettuce he had been selling throughout the day contained rat poison, a news magazine reported on Friday.

The Rhine Main-based vendor noticed the small blue kernels in a carton of romaine lettuce but it was too late - already five cartons of romaine have been sold, according to Focus.

A delivery of 110 cartons of the salad from Italy resulted in 105 of them being destroyed, a spokesman from the regulatory agency in Frankfurt told the magazine's online service on Friday.

One carton was sold to a market in Offenbach, a suburb of Frankfurt. Four others were sent to a vegetable distributor and most likely sold to consumers.

As of Friday there were no reports of poisoning or injuries from the rat poisoning, the regulatory agency said. The Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Security warned against consuming the salad.

The poison appears as small blue kernels. The salad was sold to the flying traders Fliegende Handler in the Rhine Main area and to the Istanbul Market in Offenbach.

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17:25 March 9, 2013 by Istabraq
Of course. Another food problem caused by an imported food. Nobody ever at fault within Germany. At least no fault that is ever reported.
19:29 March 9, 2013 by antistar
Offenbach is a town near Frankfurt. It's not a suburb.
12:32 March 10, 2013 by Bigfoot76
I doubt this will get nearly as much publicity in Germany as the horse meat scandal did. Amazing to think that something that is actually lethal could get less publicity than something that is not.
17:17 March 10, 2013 by raandy
The rat poison as ugly as it sounds was most likely the exception and not common place it may well be the only case.
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