Even More Strawberry Brands May Have Been Contaminated With Needles

16 September, 2018, 15:09 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • 'If in doubt, throw them out': Needles in strawberries prompt warning

Donnybrook supplies Coles and Woolworths stores across Australia. All punnets have been recalled. "We'd be lucky at the moment to get between $3-4 a kilo", Mr Schultz said.

"We are now working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook stock is removed from sale", Dr Young said.

It comes after NSW police confirmed they had received community reports of contaminated strawberries in state stores.

"While no other brands of strawberries have been implicated, if consumers are concerned, they should consider chopping them up before consumption".

A Woolworths spokesperson later told Starts at 60: "Woolworths takes food safety very seriously and is working closely with authorities as they investigate this matter".

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said the item was lying on top of the punnet and had not been inserted into the fruit.

"Queensland Health has found that another brand of strawberries, Donnybrook strawberries, is associated with the contamination".

In the post, Ms Faugeras said her 10-year-old discovered a pin embedded in a strawberry while eating a punnet they had bought from the Coles store at Wingham.

"They rang me back not even five minutes later and said it was too late, he'd bitten into it and he had found a needle".

"Police are continuing to liaise with retailers to ensure that all stock from the affected date have been removed from sale".

The suspected copycat incident, reported at a supermarket in Gatton, involves the discovery of a thin metal object in a punnet of strawberries.


Sunshine Coast strawberry farmer Adrian Schultz said, with many farmers already struggling after a tough season, the fear of copycat incidents affecting sales was a concern.

Sewing needles have been found in six brands of strawberries sold at Woolworths in four Australian states.

The two brands affected by the original incident, Berry Obsession and Berrylicious, came from the same farm.

The needle found in one strawberry last weekend.

A mother of three in Gladstone also found two needles in a punnet while cutting up the fruit. It was treated as a copycat incident.

People in possession of the brands in question should refrain from using them and strawberries from other companies "should be cut up" for safe measure, police said in the update, quoting Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young.

Det. Supt. Lawrence said officers were now identifying past and present employees of the two farms concerned, which involves more than 100 people, with plans to interview them.

"So some of those reports coming in are not something that we would pursue. because we are so early in the stage of each of these reports coming through and how large it is for us to follow each one of them down".

The association has previously said it believes a disgruntled former farm worker may be responsible, but police say they are investigating all aspects of the strawberry transit process.

Police are checking every step of the production chain.

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