When Sri Sindhusha Boddapati opened a bag of triple-washed spinach, she was surprised to see something crawling around in the bag. Thinking it was a cricket, she forced it into a water bottle.
However, she was later shocked to discover that it was actually a scorpion.
Boddapati’s husband, Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula, rushed home from work in full protection mode upon hearing the news. He called Giant Food of Landover, Maryland, to report that its supply of store brand spinach may have unwanted critters inside.
Six hours later, Giant Food pulled the product from shelves, but not until after local NBC News of Miami had contacted them.
In a statement, the grocery store chain said, “Customer satisfaction is our highest priority. We regret any inconvenience to our customer. We take the quality of our products very seriously, and we are following up with the supplier to take every step to ensure this isolated incident does not occur in the future.”
Although Floridians are relatively familiar with creatures and insects, opening a sealed bag of salad with a scorpion lurking inside is unusual. Adding to the concerns, this past weekend another Florida couple found a dead bat in a bag of salad they’d already started eating.
It isn’t unusual for bagged salads to be recalled. A recent study found that “juices released from salad leaves as they [become] damaged can significantly enhance Salmonella.”
When eating bagged salad, experts recommend to always wash it, even if it’s labeled as washed and ready to eat. Also, be careful to look for anything still alive inside the bag.
H/T: NBC News4 Miami
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