Strawberries Have Now Been Recalled In South Australia

16 September, 2018, 15:10 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Supplied  Qld Police The recalled strawberry brands

Sewing needles have been found hidden inside strawberries sold at Woolworths, sparking a recall of two brands that had been sold in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young said anyone else who had bought the brands of strawberries without signs of tampering should return them to the store or throw them away.

Yesterday, Queensland police announced they were investigating a suspected copycat incident after a metal rod was discovered on top of strawberries inside a plastic punnet at a Coles in Gatton.

Following the horrific find, the friends went to the ER as Van Dorp was suffering from "severe abdominal pain", Gane explained in his post.

"The Department of Health WA has been advised that none of the affected product has been consigned to WA and therefore product on local supermarket shelves is considered safe".

In a statement released by Queensland Strawberry Growers Association on Wednesday, it was confirmed the company had suspicions a certain ex-employee had inserted the needles into the strawberries which were found over the last week.

Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence says its a complex operation, because the industry provides more than 250,000 punnets of strawberries in Queensland alone in a five-day period. Authorities are saying that this is a copycat case.

The disturbing discovery was made by a Coles employee who saw the unsafe object inside a punnet of strawberries at a shop in Gatton, west of Brisbane yesterday.

"There is no reason to stop eating strawberries, we just need to be aware of this incident".

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Angela said both she and Aaron were shocked, but thankful that Mason and Koby-Rose were not injured.

"Just posting this as a warning to anyone that has bought strawberries (Berry Obsessions) from Woolworths recently", Gane wrote on September 9.

A young boy in Gladstone ended up with a needle in his mouth on Tuesday after taking strawberries to school.

"Luckily he'd pulled it back out of his mouth", Stevenson said.

Lawrence also encouraged people to check strawberries before they are consumed.

The incident follows an earlier plea from strawberry farmers for consumers to buy more strawberries as the market suffered a glut of the fresh fruit, dropping prices to A$1 (NZ$1.50) or less. "It's going to be a tough time for him financially with his business, but what effect that is long-term. hopefully that won't be too bad".

"I now say given that there's been these additional incidents, unrelated to that particular product, my advice is to be ultra cautious and simply cut up those strawberries before consuming them".

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.

But the bottom line is: If in doubt, throw them out.

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