Woman finds needle hidden in grape in Melbourne’s west


It is the third incident reported to police in the last two months.

Two weeks ago a Melbourne woman claimed she spent a night in hospital after biting into a strawberry containing a pin and another mystery object.

Skye Wilson said she bit into something hard inside a strawberry that had been bought by a friend from the Coles store in Eltham and intended for a birthday cake.

Initially, she thought it was part of the strawberry’s stem or foliage.

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“I pulled it out of my mouth and it turned out to be a pin,” she said.

The latest scares come about a year after a spate of similar incidents – some of them hoaxes – brought the strawberry industry to its knees.

More than 10 cases were reported nationally of pins or needles found in strawberries last year during the industry’s busy September picking period.

Victoria Police said anyone found contaminating food products could be charged with a serious indictable offences carrying up to 10 years in jail.

It urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

ALDI has been contacted for comment.

With Zach Hope

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