Lady from Narrabeen, NSW issues a warning after discovering a needle in her salad mix.

Meg wrote on Facebook, “URGENT. Just found a needle in the woolies salad bought yesterday. (Saturday)

“It was in a package of salad called Baby Leaf Salad Leaf. All salad products should be recalled but this will take time to get out to media, during which time other people may eat contaminated salad which could cause major injury.”



Meg said when her partner Noel, used the Woolworths baby leaf salad to make his lunch on Sunday. It wasn’t until a couple of mouthfuls into eating it he felt something hard and sharp in his mouth, so spat out the mouthful. To their horror it was a 4cm sewing needle!

Meg said she notified the Woolworths store and also local authorities.

Woolworths Narrabeen removed the product from their shelves but Meg said she doesn’t know if any other Woolies stores did the same.

She wants people to be aware that in the event of anyone purchasing tampered/contaminated food they should always contact the police and take the product to them as evidence which can then be tested/analysed forensically.

Woolies asked her for the product to be returned to them, with the needle, but Police advised her that it should always be given to authorities.

Meg shared that she was told, “It is a criminal offence and they act as independent investigators and keep a database on all incidents which is integral to determining how widespread the problem is.”

Both Woolworths and Dee Why Police said they would investigate the matter as best they can to try to determine how the needle got into the package, and who put it there.

Police planned to look at cctv from Narrabeen. Police confirmed it was the first reported incident of a sewing needle being found in sealed salad packages.

Another couple also recently shared that they discovered a pin in a banana.

The Facebook warning “Just letting everyone know that I purchased some bananas yesterday from Coles Newport and when I opened one this morning there was a pin/needle in it. Please everyone be aware and check your fruit! I’ve been in contact with Coles and Mona Vale police.”


This comes after a pellet was recently discovered in a pear – read more here.

Share your comments below

  • What is wrong with the people nowadays? So many pple out there starving and the drought and flood already done enough damage and this is what you sicko think of doing now!!!


  • Where is this all going to end? There has been an incident when a metal pellet has been found in a pear. I suspect it may be from idiots shooting randomly – either just taking “pot shots” for the fun of it or perhaps trying to shoot / scare birds out of fruit trees.


  • What a pity this keeps happening.


  • It’s a shame that you can’t even go to the supermarket and buy fruit and vegetables anymore without being in fear but you’re going to get stabbed or contaminated by something.


  • So many idiots out there who get a kick out of scaring others. I hope they get caught and punished.


  • Unfortunately I’m always skeptical of these claims now. We should all always take care and give no publicity to this behaviour because media attention seems to make it worse.


  • Messing with our food supply is an easy way to have us living in fear. Anyone who is found guilty of these crimes needs to actually be punished and anyone who fakes it needs to be charged too. There is the financial loss from having to recall products as well as the fear consumers have around food.

    • There do need to be harsh consequences.


  • There’s a very sick mind or minds behind this !
    When will it stop ?


  • I just do not understand the mindset of people that would do this kind of thing – I hope they find the culprit/s of these crimes.


  • When will this ever stop, seriously someone is going to get hurt.


  • They actually need to prosecute these idiots to the fullest extend of the law like they said they were going to not release them on bail!! Pffft


  • This seriously needs to stop now. No one deserves to get hurt from a stupid action of someone else


  • Round two. Who ever is doing this really needs to grow up.
    It’s great that people are still aware of pins being found. I hope karma comes and bites the person/people involved in this. I wonder how they will feel if they injury their own loved one.


  • It’s so hard to know what’s real and what’s fake with these needle incidents lately.


  • This is going to become a thing now! How are they going to stop it unless everything is packaged in hard plastic


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