Australia: Needles found in bag of table grapes

January 04 , 2019

Source: 9News

Two needles were found in a bag of grapes bought from an Australian supermarket on Monday, following a national crisis last year that saw almost 200 people find needles in fruit.

The needles, hidden in two separate grapes from a batch sold at a Woolworths supermarket, were found by a couple in the city of Melbourne, Business Insider reported.

Skender Hasa and Shams Alsubaiy did not eat either of the grapes with needles in, so were not hurt. Police are investigating the latest discovery of the two needles found in a batch of grapes.

In September and October last year, 186 people found needles in strawberries.

There has also been at least one case of a needle found in an apple, a banana, and a mango. Needles were found in various fruit in all six Australian states, in neighboring New Zealand, and also in at least one pack of Australian-grown strawberries sold in Singapore.

Police eventually arrested My Ut Trinh, a former picking supervisor at Berry Licious. The arrest came after the Australian Government amended a law to more harshly punish those responsible for hiding the needles, increasing the maximum sentence from 10 years in prison to 15.

 

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