Strawberries Have Now Been Recalled In South Australia

Lloyd Doyle
September 16, 2018

Angela Stevenson warned friends that she had cut open a punnet of Berry Obsession strawberries when she found two needles embedded in the fruit.

But the bottom line is: If in doubt, throw them out.

Acting Queensland Chief Superintendent of the State Crime Command Terry Lawrence said the evidence indicates the act was "obviously" meant to injure others.

She referred to the problem as "an isolated incident" and "sabotage".

NSW mother Chantal Faugeras posted to Facebook images of strawberries she says she bought from a Coles supermarket on the NSW mid-north coast on Tuesday.

Neither Queensland police or Queensland Health confirmed Ms Faugeras' claims in their press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Queensland Health alerted South Australia's health department Friday afternoon advising Donnybrook-branded strawberries had become the third brand of strawberries linked to the contamination. Police are liaising with retailers to ensure that all stock is removed from sale.

Queensland Health issued advice applicable to all strawberries, saying the fruit is safe to purchase but until advised, consumers should cut them up before consumption.

Police have been unable to confirm whether the contaminated products are linked to the original contamination in Queensland or a copycat, however they are urging anyone who has purchased contaminated products to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for forensic testing.

"Just posting this as a warning to anyone that has bought strawberries (Berry Obsessions) from Woolworths recently", Gane wrote on September 9.

The major scare has not only damaged his farm's reputation, but also the entire strawberry industry which is suffering because of low prices.

Investigations into a potential copy-cat incident is taking place after a silver rod was found in a strawberry punnet purchased at Gatton today.

Det. Supt. Lawrence said officers were now identifying past and present employees of the two farms concerned, which involves more than 100 people, with plans to interview them.

"So some of those reports coming in are not something that we would pursue. because we are so early in the stage of each of these reports coming through and how large it is for us to follow each one of them down".

It is the latest incident in what the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association believes to be the actions of a disgruntled ex-employee.

Police have released a photo in relation to the suspected copycat incident and continue to investigate it.

"We're not going to get into speculation".

A nine-year old boy bit into a contaminated fruit but did not swallow.

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