Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

NSW Mum Finds Needles In Punnet Purchased At Local Coles — STRAWBERRY CRISIS

Fresh strawberry at market in plastic boxes Contaminated strawberry products were distributed across Queensland Victoria and New South Wales
| 17 September, 2018, 12:07

Foodstuffs NZ is assuring people that the strawberries stocked on New Zealand shelves is not affected by the Queensland strawberry recall.

"We have not been notified of any cases of contaminated strawberries in South Australia; however, if people have Donnybrook strawberries at home or are unsure of the brand, they should be returned to the place of purchase, or discarded".

"It snapped in half, my knee-jerk reaction was to swallow, and I found the other half of the needle in the strawberry", he said.

"Queensland Police Service is leading the investigation, with Victoria Police's Fraud and Extortion Squad detectives assisting".

"We would hope the public can see this for what it is, as an isolated incident. this because strawberries are safe to eat", said Jennifer Rowling, industry development officer at Strawberries Australia, which represents growers.

"Yesterday, I said anyone that had bought those products since the start of last week needed to dispose of them", Dr Jeanette Young said on Thursday.

"I'm just in shock, you don't expect that".

Chantal Faugeras posted to Facebook images of strawberries she said were bought from a Coles supermarket on the NSW mid-north coast on Tuesday.

A Woolworths spokesman said the brand had been "temporarily withdrawn".

"It wasn't five minutes later they rang back and said it was too late, he'd actually bitten into it", she told 9 News.


He said police are "comfortable" that the issue with the "Berry Obsession" and "Berrylicious" brands had now been resolved, having been taken off the market.

The strawberries believed to have contained the needle that injured Hoani Hearne was reportedly sold at a supermarket in Brisbane.

It's feared six separate brands of brands of strawberries have been contaminated with needles.

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.

Authorities are claiming a disgruntled ex-employee is responsible for inserting sewing needles into strawberries.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association suspects a former staff member is behind the contamination.

Angela Stevenson warned friends that she had cut open a punnet of Berry Obsession strawberries when she found two needles embedded in the fruit.

Then she instantly realised that she had sent strawberries from the same punnet to school in her older son's packed lunch.

" Coles takes the safety of the food we sell seriously and we are working with our suppliers, police and state health regulators to investigate", a spokesperson said in a statement.The safety of our customers is our priority and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

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