'Metal object' found in Aussie banana

Police confirm more fruit is tampered with across the nation

September 17 2018

A 'metal object' has been found in a Queensland banana, police have confirmed, after sewing needles were found in strawberries across the country.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart confirmed that there is an investigation into the incident. There are no details on where the banana was found.

The banana investigation comes less than a week after six brands of Australian strawberries were recalled across the nation due to sewing needle contamination.

A manhunt is underway for the culprit, with Queensland State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered a reward of $100,000 for anyone with information that leads to the capture of those responsible.

Despite the coincidence, a spokesperson for Commissioner Ian Stewart says the strawberry and banana cases are likely not related.

“It looks to be a copycat thing,” they said.

Sydney Morning Herald report that this incident involved a person placing a metal object in a banana at a shop.

This month, needles and pins have been found inside different brands of strawberries across the country. 

Consumers are strongly advised to cut up all fruit before consumption, police say.

Natasha Price is WHO magazine's Assistant Digital Content Manager.