Last month two new cases of fruit tampering were reported after needles were in found in strawberries bought from two Melbourne supermarkets. The new discoveries came a year after strawberries were pulled from supermarket shelves nationwide following similar incidents of fruit tampering in strawberries, apples and pears.
Now reports of a new needle-finding have emerged after a Melbourne woman found one in a grape bought from an Aldi supermarket in Caroline Springs in Melbourne’s north-west on Sunday October 6. The needles found last month were in strawberries bought from supermarkets in Fairfield and Eltham.
The incident has been reported to Victoria Police, which is advising shoppers to take care when consuming fruit. Victoria Police is also reminding the public that tampering with fruit is a serious offence that can include penalties of up to 10 years in jail.
"Food tampering, involving the deliberate interference with food is a criminal offence and we work with authorities on all reported incidents," says an Aldi spokesperson.
Strawberry prices around the country plummeted in the wake of the tampering last year affecting farmers across the country. Woolworths subsequently pulled sewing needles from its shelves nationwide.
Victoria Police is advising anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.