Monday, 22 October, 2018

Warning over needles in strawberries

Australian authorities investigating after needles found in strawberries Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside
Lisa Bryan | 18 September, 2018, 07:16

Police said a man in the state of Western Australia and a girl in South Australia reported finding needles in their strawberries in the past two days, broadening the health scare to all six Australian states.

Officials said it is still safe to buy strawberries but consumers should cut them up before eating them.

NSW Police and Queensland Police are investigating whether the latest needles found in strawberries are the work of a copycat, or related to the original incidents.

THE Queensland Health Department has confirmed a strawberry contaminated by a sewing needle has been discovered in Tweed Heads.

Several brands grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets, and there have been multiple reports of other cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Major Australian supermarket chains Coles and Aldi have pulled all strawberries from their shelves.

Sewing needles and pins have been deliberately placed inside strawberries across the ditch. "This a vicious crime, it's created to injure, and possibly worse, members of the population at large", he said in remarks quoted by ABC.

"Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia - they are putting an entire industry at risk", Ms Palaszczuk said.

A woman from Adelaide's southern suburbs also claims she found a contaminated strawberry inside a punnet purchased last week.

As the number of affected brands grows, there are warning that the strawberry farming industry could suffer.


The strawberry needle crisis is spreading in WA with contaminated fruit reported in three Perth suburbs.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne says he understands why New Zealanders are baulking at Australian strawberries.

Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries have recalled their strawberries nationwide.

In the separate statements, Foodstuffs said it had halted distribution and Countdown said it stopped ordering imports from Australian strawberries.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association has speculated the act may have been carried out by a "disgruntled ex-employee", according to the BBC.

She said they would be working closely with police in their investigation and urged customers to cut the fruit as a safety precaution.

Reports out of three Aussie states have strawberry lovers checking their fresh fruit carefully.

There is now also broader concern the national recall will have a negative impact on demand for strawberries across the market.

Authorities said the sabotage was "putting families' lives at risk and a 100,000 Australian dollar reward has been offered for information".

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