FELT SICK: Karon Follett found this object in a can of tomatoes.
FELT SICK: Karon Follett found this object in a can of tomatoes. Renee Pilcher

Finger food mystery solved

THANK goodness for that.

The foreign object found in a can of tinned tomatoes purchased by a Gympie couple last month was not as bad as it looked – not quite.

Karon and Dan Follett at first thought they had found a new and macabre form of finger food when a very foreign-looking object dropped out of the tin.

“I was making spaghetti sauce and poured the juice from the can into the pan,” Dan said last month.

“I had a taste to see what it was like and this brown and greenish object plopped out of the can. It looked a bit like a finger and I was nearly sick,” he said.

The object, which fell out of the can, seemed to be hard and hit the pan with a clunk, she said, before sending it off to Queensland Health for analysis.

This week, the government department came back to The Gympie Times with the good news that, however unwelcome the object might be in the average frying pan, it was not a human finger, although still somewhat unpleasant, according to testing.

The department’s senior director, Central Regional Services Division, said an analyst’s report had confirmed that the item was “consistent with vegetable and fungal material”.

“No other tomatoes were affected and the juice contained no fungal material.

“The importer has been notified and further follow up is being undertaken.”

Gympie Times


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