In the latest episode of the fruit contamination saga, a 12-year-old boy has claimed to have found a piece of wire in a baby cucumber.

The boy’s mother, Maria, says she bought the vegetable for her son from a Woolworths in Melbourne’s north-east and was cutting it up for him on Sunday night before he made the grim discovery, reports Daily Mail.

She has since reported the incident to police, who are investigating more than 100 claims of contaminated fruits and vegetables since the first needle was found in a strawberry more than a month ago.

Speaking to Tom Elliot’s Drive program on 3AW, Maria recalled how distraught her son was.

‘He was so upset … he said, ‘”Mum if I had swallowed it could I have died?”‘ she said.

When her son first told her he’d found a needle, she said she thought he was just joking.

It wasn’t until he showed her the thick piece of wire coming out of the cucumber that she sprung into action.

‘I don’t know what the world is coming to, you’re too scared to buy food,’ the concerned mother said.

Police are still no further ahead in finding the person responsible for the strawberry sage – read more here.

It is still recommended to cut fruit to prevent any possible injuries.

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  • Have they caught the person now or just the original strawberry pinner?


  • The amount of fakes that came from the strawberry incident is ridiculous. From people pretending to find one to people planting them in shops. Pathetic world we live in.


  • I do hope they catch the people doing this.


  • Wish they would hurry up and find the culprits/s. I hope this is the last we see of impurities planted in our food


  • soon we will need to pureé everything :/


  • Quite sickening – let’s hope when people do get caught they get punished.


  • How concerning is this fruit contamination sage ! Evil spirits at work.


  • Honestly, this is just ridiculous.


  • Looks like there is a vandetta against Woolworths in some states but they are not the only supermarket chain effected by this. There has been stores trading under different “banners” effected too. Were the cucumbers grown in Qld.?? The strawberries, bananas and the Mango came from Qld.


  • Guess we need to all be vigilant with our food preparation, cutting things – even if they are small liked strawberries. Whoever is responsible for this has done a lot of damage to Australian produce, it’s reputation and cost some people their whole livelihood.


  • So shocking. There are now going to be copy cat cases of this everywhere

    • Sadly there are so many stories on this contamination of products.


  • Omg I
    Thought the saga is over now we have to worry about the cucumbers what can our kids have for crunch and sip now?


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