A supermarket says it was forced to destroy tens of thousands of pounds worth of food after a woman coughed on it.
The unhygienic incident unfolded in a Gerrity’s Supermarket in Hanover Township, New Jersey on Wednesday.
In what the co-owner of the chain Joe Saula described as a “very twisted prank”, the woman entered the store and coughed on a selection of fresh goods.
Mr Saula said: “While there is little doubt this woman was doing it as a very twisted prank, we will not take any chances with the health and well-being of our customers.
“We had no choice but to throw out all product she came in contact with.
“Working closely with the Hanover Township health inspector, we identified every area that she was in, we disposed of the product and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected everything.”