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Australia Needles found in strawberries in two separate incidents

09:37  23 september  2019
09:37  23 september  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A Melbourne woman was eating her chocolate-covered birthday cake when she bit into a needle, which was reportedly stuck inside a strawberry.

David Chapman said his stepdaughter Skye took a mouthful of cake on her 30th birthday and discovered a "big needle" hidden in the fruit.

"She was very shocked and very taken back by it," Mr Chapman said.

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MELBOURNE: Needles have been found inside strawberries in two more Australian states, police said on Monday, broadening a health scare that Consumers in Queensland were the first to report finding needles embedded inside strawberries . Both of New Zealand’s biggest supermarket chains

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Needles have been found inside strawberries in two more Australian states, police said on Monday, broadening a health scare that has caused supermarkets to recall brands and farmers to dump fruit amid the peak growing season.

a plastic container with food in it: Skye says she discovered the needle when she bit into her birthday cake.© 9News Skye says she discovered the needle when she bit into her birthday cake. a piece of food: The needle Skye claims she found when she bit into the chocolate covered strawberry. © 9News The needle Skye claims she found when she bit into the chocolate covered strawberry.

Mr Chapman said after Skye discovered the needle and removed it from her mouth she was still suffering discomfort in her throat, so they took her to hospital.

"We've taken her to the ER where they've done X-rays  and confirmed that it's not metal but there is something else lodged in her throat and moving downwards," he said.

Mr Chapman said he wants police to catch the culprit but he doesn't think the incident is connected to last year's contamination, saying it was merely an "unfortunate coincidence".

Last year Australian strawberry growers were rocked as police across the country investigated more than 100 reports of fruit being contaminated with needles and other objects.

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Needles have been found inside strawberries in two more Australian states, police said on Monday, broadening a health scare that has caused supermarkets Seven brands of strawberries in Australia are now believed to be contaminated with needles and pins, according to police reports, prompting

The needle allegedly found in strawberries purchased from Woolworths at northside Brisbane. Pic: Supplied.Source:News Corp Australia. Two more incidents were confirmed in Victoria: in Yarram by a customer and in Sebastopol, near Ballarat, by management. “When I bit into one I felt like a sharp

Many of the reports were found to be fake or copycat incidents but the scare prompted the federal government to rush through tougher penalties for so-called "food terrorists".

It caused an eight per cent produce loss to the industry, worth about $12 million.

The industry also received a $1 million relief package, including $350,000 to invest in tamper-proof containers, marketing and training.

Mr Chapman's family bought the strawberry at an Eltham supermarket on September 22 and reported it to police the next day.

In a separate incident, investigators are looking into reports of another strawberry contaminated with a needle after it was purchased from a store in Fairfield on August 25 and reported to police on September 10.

The Fairfield retailer has not been revealed.

"The community is reminded that anyone found to be contaminating food products can be charged with a serious indictable offence with penalties including up to 10 years in jail," a police spokesman said.

Police are appealing for people to take care when consuming fruit and urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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