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Old 20.05.2010, 13:46
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Strawberries and worms

This happened at the huge Migros in Glatt. I picked up some strawberries that looked great and on closer inspection, I saw little Slimey, the worm, wriggling around amongst the lush strawberries.

Horrified, I passed it on to one of the staff pointing to the worm. Instead of being mortified, he laughed it off and even said the worm was cute and asked me if it was beautiful. I was rendered speechless. I probably need to HTFU.

Check your fruits and veg closer the next time you are out food shopping.
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Old 20.05.2010, 13:47
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Re: Strawberries and worms

I wouldn't worry about it, they're not hamrful and add a bit of protein.
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Old 20.05.2010, 13:47
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Old 20.05.2010, 13:50
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Re: Strawberries and worms

That made me chuckle... I just brought fly worms home in BIO basil, ugh. A worm does mean there probably is not much of a chemical film on them, but one never knows, it's not a safe indicator at all.

Strawberries from Lidl hugely dissappointed us the other day, moldy mush in a couple of hours.

While we are at checking, I was surprised when I found worms in the celery stalks from Migros. Ton in the leaf part.
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Old 20.05.2010, 13:52
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What I took from the OP's post is the disgusting reaction of the staff. If a concerned patron (matron) points out a problem, you do not chuckle. If I was manager of that place the guy would have been fired on the spot. Ugh, I gotta get out of this country for a bit.
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Old 20.05.2010, 13:56
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This happened at the huge Migros in Glatt. I picked up some strawberries that looked great and on closer inspection, I saw little Slimey, the worm, wriggling around amongst the lush strawberries.
A Swiss friend of mine always said he didn't mind finding a worm in his lettuce from time to time while washing it, his logic was no worms = lots of pesticides. He said he'd rather pluck an occasional worm out of the lettuce rather than wonder how many poisons were still inside of his salad while he ate it.
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Old 20.05.2010, 13:56
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Re: Strawberries and worms

it seems I was a tad early with my "can of worms" post.
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Old 20.05.2010, 13:58
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Re: Strawberries and worms

Little worms and bugs are a good sign in my book. Maggots are another thing...

As to strawberries- I've bought them from Coop, Migros, Manor, Lidl, and from Geant in France in the last weeks (little one is on a jahody kick). All of them included a good portion of mashed up or otherwise manky berries, one of the baskets sprouted fine hairy mold after a day on the counter at home.

The one exception was the French berries. These were excellent!

I know it's an old story but I still can't figure out why Swiss grocery stores are hell bent on offering mushy wilted produce. I'll take a bright green worm over mold anyday.
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Old 20.05.2010, 14:00
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Re: Strawberries and worms

We opened a can of baked beans once (in the UK), and there were LOTS of little worms inside. We complained to Heinz, and they made up some rubbish about the beans inside having sprouted ....But they did send us shed loads of vouchers for free Heinz goodies....

Last week, I bought some raspberries from Coop in the morning, and by that evening they had furry mould growing on them
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Old 20.05.2010, 14:02
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Re: Strawberries and worms

Yuck, how ghastly ... but please bear in mind that they are part of the indigenous Swiss wildlife and, as such, should be allowed to wriggle free.
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Old 20.05.2010, 14:14
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What I took from the OP's post is the disgusting reaction of the staff. If a concerned patron (matron) points out a problem, you do not chuckle. If I was manager of that place the guy would have been fired on the spot. Ugh, I gotta get out of this country for a bit.
He is right, sans the matron part. I can live with the worm but not the attitude. A simple "thank you for pointing that out" would suffice. Heck, I dont even mind a fake horror expression. But asking me if it was cute? w.t.f
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Old 20.05.2010, 14:45
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Re: Strawberries and worms

lol as a student I worked at sainsburys, one sat all the dogsbody students where called into the managers office and asked to search for a very large spider that had run out of the bananas and under the shelving, they thought it was a tarantula.

Needless to say we didn't look too hard, and no one found it, shop stayed open too.
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it seems I was a tad early with my "can of worms" post.
Yes...and it was gross
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Horrified, I passed it on to one of the staff pointing to the worm. Instead of being mortified, he laughed it off and even said the worm was cute and asked me if it was beautiful. I was rendered speechless. I probably need to HTFU.
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Did he make you pay for it or forced you to eat it? Otherwise I would advise you to HTFU and take it easy.

When women go all shrieky because a tiny spider hangs cozily in his net 5 meters away I usually just point out to them how beautiful these creatures can be if you look at them closely (never works though).

Probably the guy was just humored by the fact that a grown up women can be horified by 5mm of worm.
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Did he make you pay for it or forced you to eat it? Otherwise I would advise you to HTFU and take it easy.

When women go all shrieky because a tiny spider hangs cozily in his net 5 meters away I usually just point out to them how beautiful these creatures can be if you look at them closely (never works though).

Probably the guy was just humored by the fact that a grown up women can be horified by 5mm of worm.


Actually, I dont get shrieky at all with creepy crawlies. Not even flying cockroaches. But never mind...

Note to self: write clearer posts in future.
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Strawberries from Lidl hugely dissappointed us the other day, moldy mush in a couple of hours.
I too was really disappointed with Strawberries from Lidl and bought them on the first day of the new store opening!

As for worms I would always wash all my fruit and veg anyway.......having grown my own Vegetable I know I seem to spend an age washing and picking my freshly grown rocket that I sometimes wonder if it is better just to buy it! But then the other day I asked my six year old son to pick some for me and he said "how much mum" I replied about fifty stems. I had to grin when I heard him count each stem out!

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Re: Strawberries and worms

I am surprised that things have not changed over the years. When I was a Kid in Switzerland I would not eat my veggies because of all the worms and bugs I would find.
Here in California I am in veggie heaven. No worms or bugs but alot of Pestisied. I don't know what is better, eating organic or lots of poison.
I know when I get back to Switzerland next month I will not eat much on veggies again
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Re: Strawberries and worms

A Swiss friend once told me that the veggies rejected by France are sent here, as Swiss are used to finding little crawlies in veggies.
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Re: Strawberries and worms

PS - I have not had trouble buying at the markets here (eg. Helvetiaplatz in Zurich)
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Old 20.05.2010, 20:26
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Re: Strawberries and worms

I haven't found worms in my Strawberries from Migros but I find their food molds fast, esp the strawberries..or I look at it in the store and it is already molding (ex. sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots) You just have to inspect it as much as you can at the store and deal with what you get when you get home. Something I had to get used to being from the States.
I do find the the fresh veg. from Spar is more fresh. The strawberries from the one in Kloten are wonderful.
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