Metal found in pre-packaged meat products

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 7th April 2008

Metal objects of up to six centimetres have been found in pre-packaged meat products sold in four supermarkets in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. Woolworths and Coles have consequently removed all similar items off their shelves in case they too have been contaminated. No injuries have been reported and police are currently investigating what they believe to be a deliberate case of contamination.

The incident stresses the need for care and diligence in food-handling procedures and, following reports of a link between this case and a similar one last month when a bullet was found in a hot cross bun, it also highlights the threat posed by people trying to deliberately contaminate food.