The police are encouraging shoppers to be extra vigilant when purchasing ackees as the fruit is highly poisonous when young.
According to the police’s Corporate Communications Unit, at about 1:30 pm (October 28), lawmen were on patrol when a vendor was spotted using a knife to open ackees that were not yet fit for consumption.
She was taken into custody and more than 1000 ackee pods seized.
The female has been identified as 45-year-old Pauline Powell of Evergreen district, Manchester.
She has been charged under the Agricultural Produce and the Unlawful Possession of Property Acts.
Unripe ackee fruit contains a poison called hypoglycin, so preparers must be careful to wait until the fruit’s protective pods turn red and open naturally. (Source)