Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Australian officials warn of needle danger for 6 strawberry brands

Australian officials warn of needle danger for 6 strawberry brands

Queensland Police are now heading an investigation aimed at tracking down the source of the needles.

It is believed the consumer had purchased the brand "Delightful" but returned it after a pin was found sticking out of the fruit, the Daily Telegraph reported.

On Friday evening, the NSW Police Force said it believed the contamination may affect up to six brands of strawberries - Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries and Oasis.

Among the reports cited by the BBC are a 9-year-old boy who's said to have bit into a strawberry with a needle (he didn't swallow it) and a 21-year-old man who reportedly went to the ER after he ingested half a needle and experienced "severe abdominal pain".

These brands are sold in Coles, Woolworths and ALDI across Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Coles and Aldi have pulled all brands of strawberries from their shelves in NSW since the latest contaminated punnet.

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

Queensland is a major strawberry producer in a national industry worth more than A$130 million a year.

'But I would say to people, we produce 800,000 punnets a day and seven needles were found.

Australian authorities are warning its citizens against eating certain brands of strawberries after some have been found to contain hidden sewing needles inside. You've got more chance of winning lotto than being affected'.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told media on Saturday investigators were doing "everything they possibly can" to find those responsible for the tampering, and pleaded with the public to come forward if they knew any information.

"Police have liaised with retailers to ensure that all stock is removed from sale", police said.

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