Needle found in Tauranga Countdown capsicum

  • 26/11/2018

The needle contamination scare continues with yet another piece of fresh produce found pierced with metal - this time, a hapless capsicum.

Tauranga man Will Taylor cooked his girlfriend a stir fry on Sunday, using a red capsicum he'd bought from Countdown Bureta Park the day before.

He told Stuff that when his partner bit into the vegetable, she felt something sharp scratch her tongue.

Upon closer inspection, the couple discovered a needle about 4cm long that seemed to have been jammed into the capsicum.

Mr Taylor told Stuff he called the supermarket immediately, and was told other capsicums would be taken off the shelves.

A Countdown spokesperson told Newshub they were aware of the incident, and the matter is now under investigation by NZ Police and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The pointy discovery came just a day after a needle was found inside a punnet of strawberries at a Fresh Choice supermarket in Geraldine. It's the first time one's been found in any New Zealand-grown produce.

Three needles were found in another punnet in an Auckland supermarket in September.

More than 100 needles were found in fruit across Australia in a contamination crisis that proved devastating to at least one farm.