Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Australians warned to cut strawberries after sewing needles found in fruit

Australians warned to cut strawberries after sewing needles found in fruit

The owner of the farm linked to the needle scandal was said to be "heartbroken" over the news.

And the whole debacle is far from over.

Commenters on Ms Faugeras' post were grateful for the mother's heads-up, with one saying they had just bought four packets of strawberries from the same store.

As a precaution, Queensland Health's chief health officer, Jeanette Young, advised people in the states of Queensland, Victoria, and NSW on September 12 to throw out their strawberries that were bought early last week, the Herald Sun reported.

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 just a terrible situation for everyone, not just the farmer involved".

"While it is expected that berries picked early last week would now not be useable, many people freeze the fruit for later use".

"I had a look and it was the eye of a needle".

Only weeks ago, some supermarkets dropped the price of strawberries as low as $1 per punnet to help suppliers move tonnes of excess produce.

The Berry Licious and Berry Obsession brands have been removed from shelves across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Mr Tran says he just wants answers like everyone else.

"Driving up to the coast when Hoani van Dorp bites through a strawberry and swallows half a sewing needle".

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It's feared six separate brands of brands of strawberries have been contaminated with needles.

"He didn't get hurt or anything - didn't get pricked", she said.

"Strawberries are a great fruit, a great product to eat".

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

"We're not agreeing with that at all at this particular point in time", Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said.

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

Queensland mum Angela Stevenson discovered her strawberries, which she had given to her son for school lunch, were contaminated after cutting into metal.

Coles said they had been in contact with Ms Faugeras.

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

"We are now working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook stock is removed from sale", Dr Young said.

"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.

"At this time, (we) have reason to suspect that a disgruntled ex-employee may have orchestrated the occurrence, wherein sewing needles were found in a number of strawberries, in Queensland and Victoria", a statement from the association said.

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