Sarah Larkins got quite a shock when she found a dead spider in a packet of lollies.
Sarah Larkins got quite a shock when she found a dead spider in a packet of lollies. Andrew Backhouse

Mum shocked to find spider in kids' candy

IT'S the kind of story that gives you tingles down your spine, and makes you wonder about the safety of factory-made food.

Sarah Larkins and her partner purchased a Bols Lollipop & Popping Candy from Kmart at the Toowoomba Plaza Shopping Centre.

It was when she got home that she discovered a dead spider and a lollipop covered in spider webs in the packet.

The spiders had clearly been making themselves at home in her confectionary.

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Ms Larkins said she wanted to warn the general public in Toowoomba about the incident.

"I just want parents to be aware and to check their kids' lollies when they are first opened.

"We called Kmart about the problem and the stocks are being taken off the shelves," she said.

Sarah said her son was, "pretty traumatised by the incident" and was convinced the spiders were all out to hunt him down.

A Kmart spokesperson said the store was taking the issue very seriously.

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"The moment the store was informed, the product was removed from the shelf and the store checked several packets with no other incidences found.

"This is the first incident that has occurred at the Toowoomba store.

"When we were informed our store team immediately escalated the feedback to the quality assurance team and the relevant buyers who are investigating the issue with our suppliers.

"We will be requesting the product from the customer to conduct thorough laboratory testing to fully understand how the issue occurred."

The spokesperson said Kmart had stringent auditing and quality testing in place to ensure all food products met the relevant food regulations and standards.


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