Needle Found In Grapes In Aldi, Police Investigating
A Melbourne mother is in shock after finding a needle inside a bunch of grapes, purchased from a major supermarket.
Chloe Shaw, a mother of two, purchased the white, seedless grapes from Aldi at Caroline Springs on Sunday morning.
Her husband made the discovery later that day, noticing a silver object inside a grape he was about to eat.
"I was just immediately concerned," Shaw told 10 News First in an exclusive interview, saying her first thought was for her two daughters aged four and 16 months.
"My eldest daughter can now reach the into the fridge, and she could have helped herself," she said.
"And I was thankful that my husband didn't swallow it."
Shaw contacted Victoria Police, who have since collected the grapes and are investigating the reported incident.
"Police have been told a needle was located in a grape bought from a store in Caroline Springs on October 6," police said in a statement.
"The community is reminded 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."
The woman also notified the ALDI store, where the fruit was purchased.
In a short statement, ALDI said food tampering is a criminal offence.
"We work with authorities on all reported incidents," the statement said.
It comes two weeks after police confirmed they were investigating needles found in strawberries.
A needle was found in a strawberry bought at a Coles store in Fairfield on August 25 and reported to police on September 10.
Another strawberry bought at Eltham on September 23 had a metal spike and was reported to police the next day.
Shaw said the most recent incident is a "sad situation".
"I just don't know what they're going to get out of this," she said.
"I just tell everyone, please make sure you cut your fruit before you give it to your kids."
Last year Australian strawberry growers were rocked as police across the country investigated more than 100 reports of fruit being contaminated with needles and other objects.
Many of the reports were found to be fake or copycat incidents but the scare prompted the federal government to rush through tougher penalties for so-called "food terrorists".