Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Strawberries recalled in Australian state after needles found inside fruit

Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside Warning over needles in strawberries
Orlando Vargas | 16 September, 2018, 04:42

The concerned consumer handed in the infected product to their local police station after they found the three sharp objects inside the berry.

A Queensland man posted this photo of a strawberry with a needle in it after reporting his friend swallowed one.

These include Donnybrook strawberries and those sold by the Woolworths Group under the Berry Obsession and Berry Licious names.

The BBC and ABC Australia report that sewing needles have been found embedded in strawberries, from six different brands, that came out of supermarkets in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, per NSW police.

"These further instances are cases in which needles have been found within the strawberries and people have gone to eat them, have cut them up and found the needles". He is being assessed by medics but his condition is not known.

The Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis brands of strawberries are believed to be affected, according to the police, who said the contaminated fruit appeared to have originated at a Queensland-based supplier.

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The statement added: "As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat".

Mr Michael said strawberry growers made huge capital outlays to plant their crops, and now was a critical time of year for them to get some money back.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young has advised consumers to take care when consuming the fruit.

Amid the contamination, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association on Wednesday said they suspected that the culprit was possibly a "disgruntled" former employee.

"At this stage, please cut them up and just look to make sure they haven't been contaminated", she said.

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