The German police in Hamburg have warned thieves who stole 300 kg of hazelnuts not to eat the nuts. Appartently the nuts are filled with hydrogen phosphate gas. The gas keeps the nuts preserved so that they will last longer on shelves and during shipping. It is, of course, also very deadly. It’s so deadly that the thieves don’t even have to eat the nuts to die from them, all they have to do is to smell the insides of one of the shells. Then it is goodbye to this mortal coil.
The nuts get cleansed of the gas before they are offered for human consumption, but this scares the hell out of me. What happens if a batch of nuts gets missed? Then we have a bunch of people dying painful deaths because of some poison gas mishap. Think it can’t happen? Just look at China and the milk and lead scares happening there. Or the case that happened this weekend when some chefs put RUST–you know that brown flaky stuff that denotes the deterioration of metal–Remover in a soup because it needed more flavor. 170 people were rushed to the hospital due to the poisoning.
I hope the thieves haven’t eaten the nuts, or that they don’t plan some sinister action with them. Maybe they knew the nuts were poisoned in the first place, and their plan was to distribute these lethal and tasty morsels and watch the chaos that ensued. Who knows? I do know, though, that I will be avoiding hazel nuts in the future, especially if they come from Germany.