AGED care providers are being warned to 'exercise caution' as the sector was dragged into the fruit crisis gripping Australia.
The Department of Health is advising providers to cut up their fruit before consumption after a needle was found in a banana at an aged care service in NSW on Tuesday.
"We stress the importance of vigilance to manage the safety and wellbeing of residents," a spokesperson said.
"If contaminated fruit is found, people should contact their local police in the first instance."
The warning follows an outbreak of metal objects being found in fruit across the nation.
The crisis has led to Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemning the perpetrators as "grubs" as he announced new penalties and a steep increase in jail time.
However, that has not stopped copycat instances, including a boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank.