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December 2019

Mum’s horror after son found sewing needle in Grangemouth Asda banana

By Sewing needle

A mom from Falkirk has spoken of her shock after her son found a potentially fatal sewing needle in his banana.

Joanne Aiken’s 10-year-old son made the grim discovery after biting into the fruit, which had been purchased from the Asda store in Grangemouth.

She said she later found more needles after inspecting the rest of the bananas on the same bunch and now took to social media to warn others.

In an article which has now been shared hundreds of times, she said: “Just to let everyone know when buying bananas in Asda, Grangemouth. Please check them out.

“These were found in each of our own. Last night and today my little boy bit into one and found another. Please be careful if you or your little ones are eating bananas.”

“Totally shocking,” she added.

Police are working alongside the supermarket to investigate the incident. Asda also apologized but stressed to customers that this was an isolated incident.

After being made aware of the grim discovery, store staff recalled the bananas to the workshop to check for other foreign objects, but said they found nothing.

A spokesperson for Asda said: “We take food safety issues very seriously and do not understand how this could have happened, but we would like to assure all customers that as soon as we have been informed of the ‘allegation, we have launched a full investigation program.

“While we have not received any further complaints of this nature and there are no signs of any faulty bananas in our Grangemouth store, we would like to apologize for any issues caused and thank Mrs Aiken for brought the product back so we can investigate what happened here.

A Scottish Police spokesperson said: ‘Officers were told that a banana, purchased from a store in Grangemouth, had been found with a sewing needle in it.

“Agents are liaising with the store and the existing stock has been checked. No other incidents have been reported. No one has been injured and investigations are ongoing.”

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