Strawberry needle scare: Contamination impacts six manufacturers in Australia


Punnets of strawberries in a supermarket

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Well being officers have warned individuals buying strawberries to be cautious (file picture)

Australians have been warned to chop contemporary strawberries earlier than biting into them after a number of individuals discovered stitching needles hidden contained in the fruit.

Contaminated punnets have been reported in supermarkets within the states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

One man was taken to hospital after consuming a strawberry with a needle inside. A nine-year outdated boy bit right into a contaminated fruit however didn’t swallow.

A number of manufacturers of strawberries have been withdrawn.

These embody Donnybrook strawberries and people bought by the Woolworths Group underneath the Berry Obsession and Berry Licious names.

Well being officers have urged individuals buying the fruit to be cautious.

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The warnings got here after a contaminated punnet was reported by Joshua Gane, who wrote in a Fb put up {that a} 21-year-old buddy had suffered “extreme belly ache”.

“Till suggested, shoppers ought to lower up strawberries earlier than consuming them,” Queensland Well being later mentioned in a press release posted on Twitter.

Jennifer Rowling of the Queensland Strawberry Growers’ Affiliation mentioned she believed the strawberries had been “interfered with”.

She referred to the issue as “an remoted incident” and “sabotage”.

Australia’s strawberry business is price some A$130m ($94m; £70m) a yr and there are issues that such incidents may have an enduring detrimental influence on gross sales.

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