Reward offered for information on needles in strawberries

17 September, 2018, 03:00 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside

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

One man has been taken to hospital after swallowing fragments and a nine-year-old boy reportedly found a needle while eating a strawberry, but did not swallow it.

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information on the Queensland strawberry saboteur amid fears six brands across four states have been targeted with needle insertion.

The strawberry industry in Queensland, Australia, is suffering after needles were found in strawberries.

Several brands grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets, and there have been multiple reports of other cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has issued the reward over concerns for growers as well as consumers.


Fruit sold under Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook brands have been affected, while NSW police warn fruit sold under the Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis brands were inserted with needles by a possible copycat.

Meanwhile an Aldi Australia spokesperson said on Saturday the German chain had "taken the proactive step of withdrawing all strawberries for sale in ALDI stores across Queensland, NSW, ACT, South Australia and Victoria".

"Our industry is really struggling at the moment, so our priority is supporting our growers through this really hard time", she said.

Hien Tiet, the wife of Mal Tiet, owner of Mal's Black Label Strawberry farm in Gingin, 70 kilometres north of Perth, told WAtoday she had not been informed about the incident or received any calls from police. "It is a very, very broad picture and we can't speculate in any way, shape or form", said Terry Lawrence, Queensland acting chief superintendent.

Woolworths Group has removed all the affected brands from shelves in its supermarkets, but continues to sell other varieties of the fruit.

Consumers have been urged to chop up or throw out berries purchased in the past week as police seek a culprit.

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