Woman reports finding sewing needle in salad ingredients

Oak Bay police are investigating after a woman found a sewing needle in salad ingredients purchased at the Red Barn Market on Oak Bay Avenue.

The store was notified and immediately removed the items from the shelves.

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To prevent others from being hurt, Josh Stevens posted a note on the Oak Bay Facebook page, saying his wife was eating lunch and felt something hard in her mouth. When she checked, she found a sewing needle.

Stevens said the salad ingredients, which his wife mixed together, included shredded carrots, shredded beets, bagged bean sprouts and Tim’s Nutri-Greens.

“I am posting this not to draw negative attention to Red Barn, but rather to ensure that the community is made aware, and checks their food first before eating. We are so (so so so) grateful that it wasn’t one of our kids that ate it,” wrote Stevens.

The Red Barn told Stevens it has pulled the products from the shelves and will be contacting the suppliers.

“My biggest fear is that it didn’t come as a freak accident from the supplier, but rather was done deliberately by someone with ill intent,” Stevens said.

Oak Bay police said their investigation will continue.

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