Australia Warns Consumer to Cut Strawberries After Needles Found Inside Some Samples

Australian authorities are warning its citizens against eating certain brands of strawberries after some have been found to contain hidden sewing needles inside.

"Until advised, consumers should cut up strawberries before consuming them", Queensland Health later said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"We're not going to stand for it".

Six brands of strawberries are now believed to be affected by needle and pin contamination according to police, including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession and Berry Licious.

In Queensland, these are the only three brands which have been confirmed as contaminated.

There have now been more than 10 cases of pins or needles found in strawberries reported nationally. He is being assessed by medics but his condition is not known.




"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".

Contaminated punnets have been found across the country, in supermarkets in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

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

"As with all farmers who produce food for our nation, strawberry growers strive to ensure the quality, security and freshness of their produce and these spiteful incidents have been extremely disheartening and troubling", the association said.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the department was "working closely with our local and interstate counterparts as the investigation continues and are committed to keeping the public informed as this progresses".

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.

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