An alarmed Coles shopper has revealed she discovered a staple embedded in her chicken breast purchased from the supermarket.
The woman took to the supermarket giant’s Facebook page on Sunday to share a photo of the small piece of metal protruding from within the breast.
“May need to quality check your Lilydale bulk chicken breast fillets, as we just came back from shopping and went to split up the chicken and found this... “ she wrote.
“Not happy at all... This could have been eaten.”
Another Facebook user labelled the find “downright dangerous”.
A member of Coles social media team responded to the post, saying the supermarket is “disappointed” over the discovery.
A Coles spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the matter was being investigated.
“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously. We have spoken to the customer and will follow up with our supplier to investigate the matter,” they said.
“As always we encourage customers to return any item they’re not 100% happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”
The discovery comes over a year after contamination fears rocked supermarket fresh produce, with over 100 reports of needles being found in strawberries across Australia.
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”.
It caused an eight per cent produce loss to the industry, worth about $12 million.
There is no indication the staple found in the chicken breast was deliberately placed.
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