The strawberry contamination crisis has taken a sinister turn as a seven-year-old Adelaide Hills girl discovered a needle in her piece of fruit.
A woman from Adelaide’s southern suburbs also claims she found a contaminated strawberry inside a punnet purchased last week.
Authorities say it’s likely the attacks in South Australia are the work of a copycat.
While making breakfast for 16-month-old Cameron, Kerrie Munday made a horrifying discovery.
“I chopped up one particular strawberry in half, then in half again, and found the other half had the needle in it,” she said.
“I was shocked, I was surprised, I didn’t think it would happen to me.”
Kerrie bought the strawberries from a Morphett Vale fruit and vegetable shop last week.
She’s thankful she found the needle before it fell into the wrong hands.
“He could have swallowed it, it could’ve got stuck, he could have punctured something through his system,” she said.
“It’s too scary to think about it.”
It comes just 24 hours after a seven-year-old girl found a needle in a strawberry purchased at an independent supermarket in Littlehampton.
“She bit into one of the strawberries and discovered a needle which she told her mum about,” SA Police Detective Inspector Billy Thompson said.
Both cases are now being investigated by major crime.
The contaminated strawberries came from Mal’s Black Label, a West Australian brand that has now been pulled from shelves.
“The low life scum who think it somehow funny to put needles in strawberries I think should be chucked in jail as soon as they’re identified,” Nationals MP Andrew Broad said.