Just over a year since the great Strawberry Contamination of 2018, the second case of a needle being apparently found in fruit has surfaced, this time inside a green grape in Melbourne’s west.
As per The Age, a woman from Caroline Springs found the needle in a bunch of grapes she bought from a local ALDI and warned others to double-check their fruits before eating them.
She also reported the incident to Victoria Police, who are investigating the matter to figure out whether we potentially have another widespread contamination on our hands, or if this is a one-off incident.
The needle found in the grape comes two weeks after a woman bit into a strawberry containing a needle, which was purchased in Eltham, and six weeks after another contaminated strawberry was found in Fairfield in the inner north, but wasn’t reported until September 10.
Police have reminded the public that anyone caught tampering with fresh produce and food could face up to 10 years in jail, and have cautioned people to check their fresh food for things that should definitely not be in there, before eating – especially as we head into summer fruit season.
The police also asked for anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.