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Strawberries Have Now Been Recalled In South Australia

16 September 2018, 08:44 | Joann Bryant

Strawberries Have Now Been Recalled In South Australia

Strawberries Have Now Been Recalled In South Australia

The two brands affected by the original incident, Berry Obsession and Berrylicious, came from the same farm.

A couple in Gladstone found a needle inserted into a strawberry on Tuesday, after their nine-year-old son bit into the booby-trapped fruit.

Yesterday, police in Queensland revealed there may even be a copycat contaminator on the loose after a fourth case of an Aussie consumer finding needle fragments in their berries.

Photo from a Facebook Post by Joshua Gane showing the needle he found in a punnet of Woolworths strawberries bought from Strathpine, Queensland on September 9, 2018.

At the time, Gane said his friend was experiencing abdominal pain and explained he wanted to share the post so children didn't have to endure similar pain.

He also explained that since the ordeal, the Woolworths store manager advised him all Berry Liscious and Berry Obsession punnets have been recalled from the supermarket's shelves. "They suspect it is foul play, but unsure whether it was via the supplier, Woolworths, or a customer".

Contaminated strawberries were also found in Yarram and Ballarat, in Victoria, prompting urgent recalls of the two brands in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

"If someone were to swallow a sewing needle, it could get caught up in their gut", Young told the newspaper.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it appears the punnets of strawberries were interfered with between the time they were packed and the time they were purchased. The two brands can be found in Woolworths and potentially other stores.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said there was no evidence of extortion but police inquiries were continuing.

"[It's been done] obviously to injure somebody", he said.




On Thursday 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.

Queensland Strawberry Growers Association industry development officer Jennifer Rowling claimed on Wednesday night that a "disgruntled ex-employee" could be responsible for the contamination.

They are working with retailers to remove all stock from the affected date are removed from sale.

Police are now interviewing what could end up being around 100 staff from the two affected farms, the ABC reported.

One woman wrote on the post: "Sent my 7 year old to school with this brand strawberries this morning".

"Luckily he pulled it back out of his mouth and told the teacher".

Industry sources said the same strawberries were sold in NSW, sparking widespread safety fears.

"It's quite safe to buy them but just cut them up and check there isn't anything in there that shouldn't be in there", she said.

She said the punnets were both Delightful Strawberries branded product.

"We're fairly confident if people do come forward with a needle in a strawberry, particularly with the packaging, that will provide us with some information", he said.



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