Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Needles in strawberries reported in Kelmscott, Spearwood and Bull Creek

Video Of QLD Berry Farmer’s Tragic Wastage Goes Viral As Scandal Continues Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside
Charlie Simmons | 18 September, 2018, 07:16

Needles hidden inside strawberries have been found in two more Australian states, police said on Monday, adding that no injuries have been reported.

Sky News Australia/YoutubeA needle found in a punnet of strawberries.

"Queensland Health has warned people should cut up all strawberries before consuming them".

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

Strawberries are now in season, which makes the timing of the recall potentially more punishing for industry stakeholders.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has ordered a federal investigation into the contamination. "This a vicious crime, it's created to injure, and possibly worse, members of the population at large", Hunt said.

"This is a serious issue and it just begs the question, how could any right-minded person want to put a baby or child or anybody's health at risk by doing such a awful act?" she said.

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

On Monday, New Zealand company Foodstuffs - which supplies about half of the country's supermarkets - said it had stopped importing Australian strawberries due to the scare.

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Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced on Twitter that regulatory body Food Standards Australia New Zealand will investigate.

On Friday, Australian police said in a statement that six brands could now be affected, though government officials on Saturday told reporters that only three brands have been recalled.

"As a precaution, Coles is also withdrawing all brands and sizes of Queensland grown strawberry punnets from sale in Coles Supermarkets in all states (except Western Australia), in Coles Express stores and via Coles online".

On Thursday, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it had "reason to suspect" a former employee was responsible but police are still investigating.

An Australian strawberry farmer will install metal detectors to check his produce as the industry reels following the discovery of sewing needles in punnets of the fruit.

Consumers are being urged to cut every strawberry before eating it as a precautionary measure.

A spokesman for the Premier clarified a person with a mental health issue allegedly put the object in the banana.

Mr Calle said it was too early to predict what the ultimate financial impact would be, but that he held grave concerns for his fellow growers.

Jennifer Rowling of the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association said she believed the strawberries had been "interfered with".

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