Iron filings found in apricots

DESSERT was the last thing on the mind of a South Kolan man when he opened up a can of apricots and found metal shavings in the syrup.

Trevor Boyd lost his appetite after dinner on Tuesday night when a can of Coles Smart Buy-brand apricots he had removed from his pantry and placed on a kitchen bench top began to make loud popping noises.

“We were going to have ‘em for dessert,” he said.

“But then they started making these strange noises and the top of the can sort of bent out of shape.”

When Mr Boyd opened the apricots with a can opener he noticed that the syrup had patches of discolouration and small fragments of metal suspended in it.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before in all my life,” he said. “It would have made pretty ordinary dessert.”

“It didn’t look appetising at all.”

Mr Boyd can’t remember when he bought the apricots but he usually purchases them from the Bi-Lo in Bundaberg.

He’s thankful he didn’t take them away camping with him and that he was wearing his glasses.

“If it was night time and you were outdoors or something it could have been a bit of a problem,” he said.

“I wouldn’t have liked to eat all those little metal flakes.”

Despite the strange find, Mr Boyd said he would continue to purchase Coles Smart Buy-brand apricots.

“They’re pretty good,” he said.

“I reckon it’s one of those one-in-a-million things.”

A spokesperson for Coles said the company takes safety very seriously and has many systems and processes in place to ensure all products meet high safety and quality standards.

“We are currently investigating the product in question with the manufacturer and will take all appropriate action to rectify any issue that the investigation may find,” the spokesperson said.

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