Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside
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Several brands grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets, and there have been multiple reports of other cases in the states of New SouthWales and Victoria.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.
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