It’s not something that you would typically see in the produce section at your local supermarket but a photo has surfaced on Facebook to prove that it does exist – and some people aren’t happy about it!
A photo posted to Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew’s Facebook page has shown that a Coles supermarket store was selling pre-diced and packaged onions!
And the rather strange way of selling the item has really sparked controversy online surrounding the unnecessary use of plastic packaging.
The Sydney-based environmentalist group roasted the product in their Facebook post, questioning whether people were really so lazy that they couldn’t cut up their own onions.
“Are we really that lazy that we can no longer dice our own onions?” the group said alongside a photo of the item. “So much unnecessary plastic.”
In the photo you can see a whole bunch of plastic containers alongside a yellow sign that reads, “Coles Diced Brown Onion 150gram” for $1.50 each.
The post quickly gained lots of comments from other social media users, with some calling the item “absurd” and “laughable”.
“There is an epidemic of plastic and you decide to do this. People can cut onions,” wrote one user.
“It’s so sad it’s laughable,” said another.
Someone else mentioned that they had seen pre-cut vegetables at other supermarkets before saying, “Surely you can’t be that time poor!”.
Others have come out in support of the product, saying that pre-cut items might be useful to those with disabilities.
“Guess you have never heard of disabilities or food cross contamination. Plastic ain’t the greatest. Showing ignorance is worse,” said one person.
“I totally understand about the plastic… however some people are unable to cut their own fruits, vegetables etc due to having disabilities,” wrote another.
This isn’t the first time that pre-cut items have sparked controversy on the Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew page.
Recently they also posted about chopped apples found at Woolworths that had been “double plastic bagged”.
“Double plastic bagged pre-cut apples. 300g was $5 – that’s more than $16.50 a kilo – for apples. Or are you actually paying for all the plastic?” the group wrote alongside a photo of the item.
What do you think about these pre-cut items?