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Needle found in punnet of WA strawberry producer Mal’s Black Label in South Australian store

A strawberry producer in WA has seemingly become embroiled in the needle sabotage saga, with a locally sourced punnet found to contain a sewing needle.

South Australian Police issued a warning this evening saying that a needle was found in a strawberry purchased from a supermarket in the Adelaide Hills.

It was found in a punnet of Mal’s Black Label strawberries – which is based in Gingin, 70km north of Perth.

The fruit was purchased in a Foodlands on Saturday and was consumed on Sunday morning when the needle was discovered. There have been no reported injuries.

The punnet was immediately returned to the store, prompting employees to pull the remaining stock from the shelves.

Other Foodlands carrying the brand were also advised of the incident.

Police are investigating and urge anyone who purchased Mal’s Black Label strawberries from Foodland at Littlehampton to check the fruit before consumption.

The discovery comes only days after a man found two needles in a punnet of Queensland strawberries sold at a supermarket in Jamestown this week.

He claims he then found a safety pin in another punnet given to him as a replacement by the store.

Until now, WA grown strawberries had not been impacted by the needle scare that has prompted an urgent recall of the fruit in the Eastern States.

– With Adelaide Advertiser

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