No online reference I could find, but the blue collar bible the Daily Telegraph ran this story today. In a situation reminiscent, yet infinitely worse than the infamous Dickson-Cockroach-Dim-sim-Fiasco, Canberra man John Suthern is suing Streets Ice cream for Mercury poisoning he sustained eating a tub of ice cream in 1996.
Streets recalled around 4,000 tubs, but allegedly not before Suthern had imbibed a good deal of the deadly metal. The poor bloke allegedly started suffering symptoms of poisoning after which he lost his job, house and wife of 17 years. They showed a 40 minute video of Suthernâ€™s condition in court that sounded incredibly harrowing, with Suthern physically disfigured and begging his wife to give him drugs to kill the pain.
The hearing still continues, but Iâ€™d like to know how these ridiculous things end up in foodstuffs on regular occasions. Metal filings, bits of wire and in this case mercury – it seems bizarre to comprehend how they make their way into packaging and in the case of this Canberran, cause devastating repurcussions.
Gimme the cockroach any day.