QLD mother shocked to discover a metal pellet in a pear she purchased from a local grocery store over the weekend.

Jennifer Tincknell, from Queensland, said she bought a packet of pears at an IGA shop in St George, about six hours west of Brisbane, on Saturday.

Ms Tincknell gave the pears to three of her four children, five-year-old Taleea, nine-year-old Tanya, and 10-year-old John.

Soon after, the 32-year-old claimed Tanya rushed over to her ‘panicking and worried’ before showing her the metal object in her fruit.

‘Tanya was just about to bite it when she noticed it,’ she told The Courier Mail.

‘It looks like someone’s used a shotgun and shot at the fruit,’ she said.


The worried mother took the children to St George Hospital, concerned they may have already eaten some of the objects.

The children were assessed and released and Ms Tincknell was told to bring them back if they experienced any sharp pains.

Ms Tincknell returned the fruit to IGA and says she was offered a refund.

The fruit was later removed from the shelves.

She posted a warning to social media sites in the hopes other mothers would not be caught off guard.

Share your comments below

  • What on earth was it?


  • Glad the kids are fine. Hopefully, this doesn’t turn into the strawberry – needles episode again, with fruit + inedible dangerous metal objects…


  • Concerning ! Glad the kids are ok.


  • Disgusting


  • How weird. Not exactly hidden though, so probably not deliberate sabotage.


  • It does look like it was used as a possible target?


  • Looks like a shotgun pellet and also looks like the fruit has grown around it. I’d say the farmers have been shooting birds and a stray pellet has gotten lodged in the fruit.


  • Most likely an accident, however if it’s a fragment there would be some more in other pears, not necessarily in the packet she purchased…. sounds like farmers need to invest in metal detectors after this and the strawberries


  • Could it possibly be from the orchardists shooting at birds to scare them away? Protecting their livelihood. Sounds better then someone putting them in there on purpose, eg the needles in strawberries saga

    • Pellets do seem strange – so this is a possibility?


  • Odd but probably a one off contamination. Glad the kids are fine.


  • A frightening story,luckily no one was harmed!


  • OH dear more drama I thought all of this drama is over


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