Australia searches for culprit hiding sewing needles in strawberries

Ivan Schwartz
September 16, 2018

The contamination is believed to have affected the brands "Berry Obsession", "Berry Licious", "Love Berry", "Donnybrook Berries", "Delightful Strawberries", and "Oasis".

Australians have been warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit.

Initially three incidents in Queensland had been reported to police on Thursday.

"Someone is trying to sabotage the industry but also in doing that, they are putting babies' and children's and families' lives at risk", Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said at a news conference.

One Australian woman posted photos online showing the needles inside strawberries her 10-year-old son was eating. He is being assessed by medics but his condition is not known.

"So far, NSW Police Force has received reports of contaminated strawberries purchased at supermarkets at Tweed Heads, Taree, and Wingham", NSW Police said in a statement.

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Queensland Police Service, who have launched an investigation into the potentially hazardous findings, revealed that affected brands include "Berry Obsession" and "Berry Licious", according to an update on the agency's Facebook account.

"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat".

"The suspected copycat incident, reported at a supermarket in Gatton, involves the discovery of a thin metal object in a punnet of strawberries", police said.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young has advised consumers to take care when consuming the fruit.

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

"Strawberries are a great fruit, and people should continue to buy them, but everyone should simply cut them up".

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