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Live scorpion found in fruit near Luxembourg train station
Luxembourg

Live scorpion found in fruit near Luxembourg train station

27.10.2016 From our online archive
Luxembourg’s Ministry of Health has issued a warning after a live scorpion was discovered in a pack of fruit sold at a store near the capital’s train station. One person is even reported to have been stung.

UPDATE: Read the article "Woman gets more than she bargained for in exotic fruit"Luxembourg’s Ministry of Health has issued a warning after a live scorpion was discovered in a pack of fruit sold at a store near the capital’s train station. One person is even reported to have been stung.

The find was made in packs of longan fruit, (also called 'longong') similar to lychees, originating from Thailand and sold at “Thai Fresh Garden International” by the city’s main train station.  

Police were alerted to the surprising discovery when a person was stung by one of the arachnids having bought the fruit.

As there is a possibility of scorpions in other packs, the store has already reacted by withdrawing all fruit from the batch concerned off its shelves, but it cannot be ruled out that fruit already sold could also be affected. 

This is a 250g package of longan fruit with the lot number TL-002. These packs should be returned to the shop if possible.

What are longans?

The longan (officially called imocarpus longan) grows on evergreen trees reaching about 10 metres high and belongs to the same 'soapberry' family as the lychee and rambutan tree.

Longon fruit is smaller than the lycee, has a softer skin and is dull brown in colour. Both fruit have similar tastes.

The longon matures just as the lychee season ends, making it an attractive fruit for growers.