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Six strawberry brands now affected after needle tampering

17 September, 2018, 06:33 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • 'If in doubt, throw them out': Needles in strawberries prompt warning

And the whole debacle is far from over.

Police have also confirmed a fourth case relating to the needles after a young boy in Gladstone ended up with a needle in his mouth on Tuesday after taking strawberries to school.

A New South Wales mother has also come forward, after finding needles hidden in a punnet of strawberries bought from a Coles supermarket.

But as anxious customers throw their berries in the bin, the heartbreaking effect of the major recall on Aussie farmers has been laid bare. "It's going to be a tough time for him financially with his business, but what effect that is long-term. hopefully that won't be too bad".

"It's just a awful situation for everyone, not just the farmer involved".

Where have people found needles in their strawberries?

The man posted an image of his bargain haul on social media with the caption, 'If I'm dead tomorrow, you now know why.

"We brought 2 punnets from Wingham Coles".

However, Chief Superintendent Lawrence said the police investigation was ongoing and detectives were examining every part of the supply chain to find the contamination source.

Mr Tran says he just wants answers like everyone else.

The first tainted berries were discovered on Sunday when a 21-year-old Queensland man Hoani Hearne bit into a contaminated strawberry.

Supplied  Qld Police The recalled strawberry brands
Supplied Qld Police The recalled strawberry brands

"Police are urging the community to check their strawberries after what appears to be sewing needles were located in two punnets in Yarram and Sebastopol", says a statement released by Queensland Police yesterday.

"A lot of growers are feeling the pressure at this time of year".

"We're almost at that point of cost of production being greater than what we're selling them for".

The disturbing discovery was made by a Coles employee who saw the unsafe object inside a punnet of strawberries at a shop in Gatton, west of Brisbane yesterday.

It was the fifth shocking incident to be reported this week.

"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. Realising her son had strawberries in his lunch box she immediately called his school.

"People are contacting us out of concern and saying: 'This is what I've got, what do you think?'", he said.

The store manager subsequently contacted them and issued a recall, as well as contacting police and health officials.

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

"We are working closely with our local and interstate counterparts as the investigation continues and are committed to keeping the public informed as this progresses".

"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 wrote in a statement.


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