New Zealand; Contaminated peas prompt food safety
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Black Nightshade can cause a severe
reaction in children
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 4:50p.m.
Elton is one of half a dozen people who have found toxic Black Nightshade
in a bag of Talley’s frozen peas and corn mix.
had served the peas to his two young children - including four-year-old
Molly before he realised what was in them.
they didn't eat the peas, but when he complained to Talley’s they assured
him it wasn't a big deal.
said ‘oh this is a common agricultural weed, nothing to worry about’ and
then they sent us a cheque for five dollars saying buy more Talley’s,” says
Black Nightshade is a big deal, unlike Deadly Nightshade it's not fatal but
if a child or baby consumes just a handful it can cause a severe reaction,
including fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.
were almost as many nightshade as there were peas and so from the guy that
was harvesting to the guy that was bagging to the guy that was freezing it,
no one cared along the chain obviously,” says Humphrey.
was last August, around the same time the New Zealand food safety authority
received six complaints about Black Nightshade in Talley’s frozen peas. It
was assured then that the problem had been dealt with but a similar
incident last week has prompted the authority to investigate Talley’s.
difference this year is we're being reported larger proportions of
contamination and from that point of view that makes us more concerned
because it appears Talley’s systems are less in control than we thought
they were,” says Geoff Allen of the NZ Food Safety Authority.
refused an interview with 3 News but sent a statement saying it's recalled
the batch of peas containing black nightshade and that all the reported
incidences are from the same batch.