Grapes have been pulled from the shelves of a Victorian supermarket after a schoolgirl bit into one and felt two sharp jabs to the roof of her mouth.
Talia Gunn got the fright of her life when she started eating a bunch of grapes and felt a large needle on her tongue, 7 Newsreported tonight.
“I’ve never really been pricked in the mouth by a pin,” the nine-year-old girl said.
Her mother, Amy Gunn, told 7 News she bought the fruit from Coles in Cowes on Phillip Island on Monday night.
“To me it’s just a sick, twisted human being (who is responsible), to be honest,” she said.
A spokeswoman for the nationwide supermarket chain confirmed that police had been notified.
“Coles takes the safety of the food we sell seriously, and we have spoken to the customer to follow up their complaint,” she told news.com.au.
“We have contacted our supplier to investigate the matter.”
Victoria Police are following up the report of possible produce contamination on October 7.
“The matter will now be investigated to try and determine what has occurred,” the force said in a statement today.
“As this investigation is ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment further about the incident at this time.”
The Cowes grapes were bought just one day after a needle was reportedly found in grapes from an Aldi supermarket in Melbourne’s west.
Chloe Shaw posted to Facebook on Sunday that she had made the discovery and contacted the retailer and police.
“Grapes I purchased today from Aldi Caroline Springs. Please check all your grapes before eating especially if your giving them to your kids,” she posted alongside two photos of a halved green grape with a metal spike inside.
Aldi issued a one-line statement on Monday: “Food tampering, involving the deliberate interference with food is a criminal offence and we work with authorities on all reported incidents.”
“Police will investigate any allegation of malicious food contamination and remind the community that anyone found to be contaminating food products can be charged with a serious indictable offence with penalties including up to 10 years in jail,” Victoria Police said in a statement to news.com.au tonight.
“It is important to note that many of the reports result in no criminal activity being detected.”
Fruit consumers are being urged to take care and anyone with information about the grape incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.