Food and deadly substances are often close together in your friendly supermarket - sometimes within reach of toddlers, writes Adam Welz.
Tuesday 13 January 2009, just after 10am, in the Pinelands, Cape Town, Pick n Pay. The store, in the uninspiring Howard Centre, isn’t very busy. Grannies prod tomatoes, shelf-packers twist tins so their labels face forward; checkout ladies banter in Flats-Afrikaans, enjoying a little downtime.
I’m heading towards the garden care section where my target, a white tubular plastic container with a blue top, is crammed on the shelf next to an upright freezer stacked with frozen seafood.
As I reach for the container I notice it carries an irregular dusting of white powder.