Cherie told Yahoo News that the two-inch needle appeared to have been baked into the Tip Top Sunblest bread. When they removed it, the mum said there was an ‘indentation’ left in the bread - showing it had been there for some time.
‘There was a brown crust around the needle, so it was baked in,’ she said.
“You could see exactly where it had been sitting.”
When Cherie spoke to NSW’s Bonnells Bay Coles, where she bought the loaf, she was told to bring back the bread and fill out a customer complaints form. Not happy, she took her complaint - and the contaminated bread - to Morisset police station, who have now launched an investigation.
“They took photos of it, they could see where it was encrusted in the bread,” she said.
Cherie said it was lucky her son found the needle - and that the incident could’ve been a lot worse.
‘If anyone had given this to their baby and they’d taken a giant bite, you can only imagine what would’ve happened,’ she told Yahoo.
‘It’s the first time I’ve ever bought that brand. I normally by the bakery bread, but they had none. I won’t buy that brand of bread anymore.’
A spokesperson for Tip Top Bakeries told Yahoo News metal detectors are used in the production facilities, believing that the bread may have been sabotaged and was a result of tampering after it left the factory.
‘Tip Top is attempting to liaise directly with the consumer and awaiting access to the product for forensic investigation,’ the spokesperson said in a statement.
‘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. Tip Top therefore believes the alleged product tampering did not occur at its manufacturing site.'
The spokesperson added that they had checked all remaining bread at the store and was not aware any other product tampering in New South Wales.
A Coles spokesperson also confirmed to Yahoo that they are also investigating the incident.
‘Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously. We have contacted the customer and will follow up with our supplier to investigate the matter.
‘As always we encourage customers to return any item they’re not 100% happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.’