The increased demand for avocados is having a concerning impact on the number of people presenting to A&E with hand injuries, according to a recent investigation.
According to The Times, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has reported that there has been a significant rise in the number of people presenting with "serious stab and slash injuries" after attempting to cut the fruit.
The organisation has reported that in many cases, patients require further surgery to repair severed tendons and nerves as well as cosmetic procedures to improve aesthetics.
Speaking to the publication, Simon Eccles, secretary of the association, said: "People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them.
"We don’t want to put people off the fruit but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this. It needs to be recognisable. Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?"
The doctor reports that up to four patients each week present to A&E in St Thomas' Hospital in London with wounds caused by an avocado accident, and staff have dubbed the injury 'avocado hand'.