Following recent news of needles being found in strawberries in Australia, there have now been reports of needles found in apples in Sydney supermarkets. A mother in Kellyville Ridge was preparing an apple for her daughters’ lunch when she came across the needle. The apple was from a pre-packed container of Pink Lady apples sold at a Woolworths store in Sydney.
If more needles are discovered this would cause great damage to apple farmers across the country. Due to fear of contamination, strawberries have already been taken off shelves in supermarkets, and some crops have been destroyed, creating losses for those in the industry.
“We are starting to get reports of other fruit contamination, so we would ask the public to chop up your fruit, particularly for kids. It’s not funny – we are at a point where we are having little kids nearly bite into a strawberry or other piece of fruit, who could suffer serious injuries,” said detective superintendent Danny Doherty.
Arrests have not yet been made but Australian police have warned that anyone engaging in copycat behaviour would face punishment.