Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside

Video Of QLD Berry Farmer’s Tragic Wastage Goes Viral As Scandal Continues Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside
Russell Knight | 17 September, 2018, 14:26

Earlier Monday, fears over needles secreted in strawberries spilled across the Tasman, with both of New Zealand's major food distributors taking the fruit off their shelves.

Australian police are investigating claims that needle sabotage has now spread to six brands of strawberries across five states.

"At the end of the day, the job is very, very clear".

The strawberries the man purchased are produced and packaged in Western Australia.

In a follow-up statement released on Facebook Thursday, the group said the strawberries were seemingly "interfered with between the time they were packed and the time they were purchased".

Foodstuffs said it was confident there was no product in its stores that have been affected by the Australian action.

Queensland Strawberry Growers Association vice president Adrian Schultz said "commercial terrorism" was bringing an industry to its knees.

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The New Zealand strawberry season would kick off shortly, filling the supply gap, a spokesman said.

Overnight, it was announced that Coles and Aldi have pulled strawberries from supermarket shelves across New South Wales, after a customer returned a tainted punnet to the Engadine Coles in Sydney's south.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne says he understands why New Zealanders are baulking at Australian strawberries.

Nationals frontbencher Andrew Broad blasted the culprits as "low-life scum".

A force spokesperson said: "Whilst three brands - "Berry Obsession", "Berry Licious", and "Donnybrook Berries" - have been recalled nationwide, it is now believed the contamination may also affect - "Love Berry", "Delightful Strawberries", and "Oasis" brands of strawberries".

Farmers are pleading with consumers no to let this act of "food terrorism" damage the industry, and have urged people to continue buying berries and cut them up before eating as a precaution.

Mr Hearne swallowed part of the needle and had to be taken to hospital after experiencing severe abdominal pain.

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