Mother left in shock after her son found a needle in a piece of bread.

Cherie McLaughlin had arrived home from work for lunch on Monday when her son, Seth, 13, shouted for her to come and see the piece of bread he was about to toast.

“He saw something shiny because it was in an air pocket and as he’s gone to turn the bread around he’s seen the needle and thought ‘What the hell is that’?” she told Herald Sun.

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“He’s pulled it out and when he worked out it was a needle he put it back in the bread.

“You can see a brown crust around where it has been cooked in the bread [to the left of where the needle was reinserted]. As the metal has heated up it has cooked the edges of the needle.”

Ms McLaughlin purchased the Tip Top Sunblest white thick loaf from Coles at Bonnells Bay.

She gave the loaf, packaging and receipt to police and Lake Macquarie Police District acting inspector Matt Lee said the matter is now under investigation.

Tip Top said in a statement to the Newcastle Herald it was aware of the “alleged product tampering incident” and was awaiting access to the product for forensic investigation.

“All Tip Top production facilities have in place robust metal detection technology used at the conclusion of the product manufacturing process to ensure no metal contaminants are present at the time of dispatch,” the statement said.

“Tip Top therefore believes the alleged product tampering did not occur at its manufacturing site.

“Further, Tip Top has checked all remaining bread at the store and has not been made aware of any other product tampering in NSW.

“Consumer safety is paramount at Tip Top and the business is taking this incident very seriously, now investigating its local product distribution process and liaising with relevant authorities.”

Ms McLaughlin said the experience had been “surreal”.

“No-one expects anything like this. Everybody thinks ‘This won’t happen to me’.”

She said she hoped hers was an isolated case.

“What happens if the mother of a two year old had made a Vegemite sandwich, said ‘Here you go’ and the child stuck the whole thing in their mouth?”

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  • What is wrong with people? This is plain silly and dangerous!


  • Another alarming episode of tampering – so dreadful! :(


  • Another copy cat trying to get 5 minutes of media news,


  • Copycat cases I think. I just don’t get what people get out of sabotaging industries and peoples lives.


  • I find it hard to believe most of these cases

    • They are just awful and so concerning for the community. :(


  • I just don’t get it.


  • What enjoyment do they get out of it?!? Such a silly thing to do !


  • Oh what this is close to home..glad the boy saw it before he took a bite.
    I’m constantly checking everything now. First it was fruit, then nappies and now bread. What’s next?.
    Surely companies would inspect products first before shipping them off to supermarkets.


  • Another thing we have to worry about and so many copy cats who think its funny to try to injure others. Seriously, they need to get a life and relaise it isn’t funny. Hopefully they get caught and punished


  • I reckon the kid has done this, never in my 20 years of working in bakeries has the inside of the bread cooked to a brown crust when there is an air pocked inside


  • Very scary indeed,when will this end?


  • Oh no another Saga what else do we have to worry about I wonder?


  • Don’t think this is an accident as there are no needles involved in the bread making process.
    Whoever is behind this, is a sick mind who’s not very original.


  • I’m surprised that the bread isn’t darker around the needle regardless of the fact it was supposedly in an air pocket


  • Absolutrly shocking this is still happening with copycats


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