[26 November/Stuff]

A Tauranga couple discovered a needle inside a red capsicum, purchased from Countdown Bureta Park. Will Taylor cooked a meal for his girlfriend, who apparently bit into it and it scratched the side of her tongue. Taylor said he contacted the store immediately and were advised they were going to take the capsicums off the shelves. A Countdown spokeswoman said the store has referred the matter to the New Zealand Police and the Ministry for Primary Industries who will investigate. The capsicum was not the only spiked food purchased at a New Zealand supermarket in the last week with a needle also being discovered in a strawberry sold by a Fresh Choice supermarket in South Canterbury. MPI are investigating this incident and said that they did not believe the issue was widespread but urged consumers to take any products containing unexpected items back to the retailer or to call MPI.