Australia Warns Consumer to Cut Strawberries After Needles Found Inside Some Samples


The scare had spread across the nation, with needles reportedly found in strawberries in all six Australian states.

"Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia - they are putting an entire industry at risk", Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement.

A boy as young as nine was among those to make the unpleasant discovery whilst eating, although no injuries have so far been reported.

The announcement comes as needles were found inserted into more strawberries in South Australia and NSW over the weekend, adding to incidents across the country and prompting fears of copycat behaviour.

Late on Monday afternoon, a case also emerged in Western Australia when a man in the town of York, 100 kilometres east of Perth, called police after finding the needle while preparing strawberries for his family.

"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 said.

The industry was plunged into chaos last Sunday after a customer from Burpengary in Queensland bit into a strawberry with a needle inside it and ended up in hospital. In New Zealand two major grocers, Woolworths NZ and Foodstuffs have halted the distribution of Australian strawberries.

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The Queensland Health Department advised consumers to cut up strawberries before eating them.

Queensland Strawberry Growers Association vice president Adrian Schultz said the act of "commercial terrorism" has severely hurt the multimillion-dollar industry.

Berry Licious, Berry Obsession and Donnybrook branded strawberries, all Queensland brands, remain off the shelves at some supermarkets with Coles pulling all strawberries off their shelves except in Western Australia.

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt ordered the national food safety watchdog to investigate the scare.

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"We're focusing very, very much on supply chain, the people involved in that", Mr Stewart said.

The sabotaging of strawberries reached WA on Monday afternoon, with WA Police confirming a needle had been discovered in a punnet of strawberries produced and packaged in this state. "It is a very, very broad picture and we can't speculate in any way, shape or form", said Terry Lawrence, Queensland acting chief superintendent.