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

16 September 2018, 04:40 | Joann Bryant

Image Police have warned the contamination may have spread to six brands of strawberries

Stocks of strawberries have been replaced

It's a crime so unusual that any motive seems almost inconceivable.

The police have said that six brands of strawberries in Australia are believed to be contaminated with needles and pins, prompting warnings from the authorities to slice the fruit before eating.

Coles supermarkets across the country, except for West Australian stores, will pull all Queensland-grown strawberries from the shelves as a precaution over needle contamination fears.

Reports out of three Aussie states have strawberry lovers checking their fresh fruit carefully.

A nationwide recall is now in place for six strawberry brands.

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Prices for strawberries dropped to unbelievable lows in the lead-up to the decision by Coles and Aldi.




The Australian state of Queensland on Saturday (Sept 15) offered a A$100,000 (S$98,450) reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for sabotaging strawberries with sewing needles.

In a statement, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it had "reason to suspect" that a disgruntled former employee was responsible for placing needles in the strawberries.

Australia's industry development officer Jennifer Rowling said: "It's quite devastating for our growers - they're really upset about it, obviously, because this is their livelihood and someone has taken it upon themselves to do something really nasty".

"We've got to look at this as a whole, it's a very, very broad picture and we can't speculate in any way, shape or form", Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence told reporters on Friday.

"These further instances are cases in which needles have been found within the strawberries and people have gone to eat them, have cut them up and found the needles".

Health officials have urged people purchasing the fruit to be cautious.



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