Woman shames Woolworths over stomach-churning find in produce

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A woman has slammed Woolworths' "fresh food people" slogan after discovering some nectarines in her local store riddled with mould and bugs.

The shopper, believed to be from NSW, posted a video from a store, showing two boxes of nectarines sitting out in the store, with the summer stone fruit looking a little worse for wear.

Panning over the box, mouldy fruit with big bruises and soft indents can be seen as well as bugs crawling all over it.

"Fresh food people…….Really?????," the woman captioned the video.

The Woolies shopper was shocked at the 'fresh' fruit in the store. Source: Facebook
The Woolies shopper was shocked at the 'fresh' fruit in the store. Source: Facebook

Woolworths said they are disappointed by the customer's experience.

"We’re committed to providing our customers with quality fresh food and we are disappointed by this customer’s experience, which falls well below our standards," a spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.

"The store has since removed this box of fruit and double-checked the display to ensure it meets our standards of quality."

Empty shelves due to staff shortages

Prime Minister Scott Morrison noted the supply issue plaguing the nation's supermarkets with a lack of meat and fresh produce, as workers are absent due to Covid.

"In recent days, I was with Coles workers at a distribution centre in Laverton. 600 workers, many who have been absent," he said on Wednesday.

"But they were working hard to ensure that the food made its way to the supermarkets and then to people's kitchens."

His comments follow numerous photos of bare shelves at Coles and Woolworths as workers are forced to isolate amid the Omicron variant surge.

A Woolworths store with an empty shelf.
Shelves have been bare for weeks due to staff shortages. Source: Facebook

Last week, Woolworths reintroduced strict product limits amid the Omicron crisis with customers now limited to two packets of toilet paper and painkillers per customer nationwide both in store and online.

The move follows a similar one made by Coles who announced their own restrictions on certain products on Wednesday.

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