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Australia Three more Queensland strawberry punnets found contaminated with needles

10:06  14 september  2018
10:06  14 september  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Needles in strawberries: Food expert says Government's recall response not appropriate

  Needles in strawberries: Food expert says Government's recall response not appropriate A food safety expert says the level of recall issued by Queensland Health over the needles found embedded in strawberries should be increased to a consumer recall.Queensland police are investigating the entire supply chain of Berry Licious and Berry Obsession strawberries after the fourth confirmed case of a sewing needle found embedded in strawberries from central Queensland.

Two more needles have been found in a punnet in Queensland , as growers' peak body says the farmer who produced the fruit is devastated. Queensland Friday, September 14 - Three more punnets found contaminated with needles - Strawberries from Donnybrook strawberry farms

Strawberries scare: consumers urged to throw out fruit after needles found inside. Read more . It is unclear which of the farms supplying berries In the post Faugeras says her 10-year-old discovered a pin embedded in a strawberry while eating a punnet they had bought from the Coles at Wingham.

Another brand of strawberries will be pulled from shelves after three more punnets were found contaminated with sewing needles, Queensland Health has confirmed.

The strawberries are understood to have come from Donnybrook strawberry farms, north of Brisbane.

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One punnet has been identified in Tweed Heads on the New South Wales border, as well as one in Redbank Plains, west of Brisbane and another in the northern Brisbane suburb of Everton Park.

Strawberry farmer 'going through hell' as more needles found

  Strawberry farmer 'going through hell' as more needles found Two more needles have been found in a punnet in Queensland, as growers' peak body says the farmer who produced the fruit is devastated.Queensland Strawberry Growers industry development officer Jennifer Rowling said the farmer had stopped all production of the fruit in response to the urgent product recall issued on Wednesday.

Three punnets of strawberries originating from a Queensland farm have been found to contain sewing needles . He urged anyone who found a needle in a strawberry to call police on 131 444, particularly if they still had the packaging. One supplier in southeast Queensland was providing the

First contaminated strawberries found in Sydney as Coles removes QLD -grown punnets from shelves. Needles have been found in strawberries in four states. Picture: QPSSource:AAP. You’ve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected. “I would call on people to go out and buy

At a media conference in Brisbane, Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said Donnybrook's strawberries would be pulled from supermarket shelves.

"These three further instances are cases in which needles have been found within the strawberries and people have gone to eat them, have cut them up and found the needles," Dr Young said.

"We are currently working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook stock is removed from sale.

"Donnybrook distributes strawberries throughout Australia, so that process will take a while.

"If you have Donnybrook strawberries at home, or are unsure of the brand, you should return them to the store or throw them away."

Dr Young recommended strawberries of all brands be cut up before eating.

Strawberry contamination prompts $100,000 reward in search for culprit

  Strawberry contamination prompts $100,000 reward in search for culprit A $100,000 reward is being put up by the Queensland Government for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for contaminating strawberries with sewing needles. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has approved the reward, and is urging the community to come together to stop the crime.Six brands of strawberries are now believed to be affected by needle and pin contamination, according to New South Wales police.

Three punnets of strawberries originating from a Queensland farm have been found to contain sewing needles . A metal detector has been installed at a fruit wholesaler in Western Australia after strawberries contaminated with needles were reported four times over the past two days.

An ongoing food safety crisis in which numerous punnets of strawberries grown in Queensland and Western Australia were found to be contaminated with needles began in September 2018.

Punnets of strawberries from Donnybrook farms are being removed from supermarket shelves.© ABC News/Mark Leonardi Punnets of strawberries from Donnybrook farms are being removed from supermarket shelves. 'Report contamination to police'

Dr Young also said there were also other potential cases of strawberry contamination reported but yet to be confirmed.

"There are a lot of reports at the moment and all of those are being followed up," she said.

Queensland police Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence urged anybody who found contaminated strawberries to report the matter to police.

"We're talking about an industry that for Queensland alone provides over 363,000 punnets in a period of five days," he said.

The latest contamination discovery comes as Queensland police continue to investigate the supply chain of Berry Licious and Berry Obsession strawberries after four other cases of sewing needles found in strawberries earlier this week.

Fifth case of strawberry contamination found in NSW

  Fifth case of strawberry contamination found in NSW Police have warned Maitland residents to be cautious after pins were discovered in a punnet of Wallace Road Berries bought at Coles Green Hills on Wednesday. The discovery comes a day after police confirmed a case of contamination in Sydney's south, after a Coles customer found pins in fruit bought in Engadine.In both cases, there were no injuries as a result of the contamination.There have now been more than 10 cases of pins or needles found in strawberries reported nationally.Contaminated strawberries have also been identified in NSW in Tweed Heads, Taree and Wingham.

The strawberry contamination scare in Australia, which has caused Strawberries pulled from shelves after needles reported in three more punnets . Queensland , home to about 150 commercial strawberry growers, is a major producer in a national industry worth more than AU0m a year.

Another brand of strawberries will be pulled from shelves after three more punnets were found contaminated with sewing needles , Queensland Health has confirmed.The strawberries are understood to have come from Donnybrook strawberry farms, north of Brisbane.

Authorities have warned consumers to dispose of or return punnets from the two brands, which were sold in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, although the products were only subject to a trade recall, a move criticised by food safety expert Professor Melissa Fitzgerald, who said she was surprised there was not a full consumer recall.

Strawberry punnets are seen at a supermarket.© AAP Image/Erik Anderson Strawberry punnets are seen at a supermarket. Strawberry tampering timeline

Sunday, September 9
- Hoani Hearne eats a contaminated strawberry bought from a Woolworths north of Brisbane
- Mr Hearne is admitted to emergency with severe abdominal pain
- Queensland Health begins its investigation

Monday, September 10
- Queensland Health tries to visit Mr Hearne, but he wasn't home

Tuesday, September 11
- Mr Hearne hands over evidence to Queensland Health
- Angela Stevenson finds a needle in strawberries from Woolworths in Gladstone
- Queensland Health is informed of Victorian cases

Wednesday, September 12
- Berry Obsession and Berry Licious withdrawn from Woolworths stores
- Police and Queensland Health issue a trade recall of affected brands

Contaminated strawberries bought in Adelaide Hills become first reported case in South Australia

  Contaminated strawberries bought in Adelaide Hills become first reported case in South Australia South Australia Police is investigating after a needle was found in a punnet of strawberries purchased in the Adelaide Hills — the first reported case in the state.Police say the punnet was from Mal's Black Label strawberries, and was purchased on Saturday afternoon from Kloses's Foodland supermarket at Littlehampton.

Two more needles have been found in a punnet in Queensland , as growers' peak body says the farmer who produced the fruit is Another brand of strawberries will be pulled from shelves after three more punnets were found contaminated with sewing needles , Queensland Health has

Three punnets of strawberries originating from a Queensland farm have been found to contain sewing needles . Queensland Police Service investigations are continuing. Police are urging anyone who locates strawberries containing the needles to contact Policelink for further advice on 131 444.

Thursday, September 13
- Queensland Health said it was informed of Ms Stevenson's case
- No information is listed on Woolworths' recall page about strawberries

Friday, September 14
- Three more punnets found contaminated with needles
- Strawberries from Donnybrook strawberry farms, north of Brisbane, are pulled from supermarket shelves

Pictures: Australian product recalls of 2018

Scary Aussie product recalls of 2018: An urgent warning across multiple states has been issued after needles were found in punnets of strawberries. The strawberry scandal that is currently gripping the nation means that your favourite fresh berry has been recalled. This is not the only product recall of this year. Sometimes companies make mistakes, whether it be incorrect labelling, missed quality checks, or just not being up to standard.Here are some of the more bizarre products that have had to be recalled in Australia this year.

Sewing needles removed from Woolies' shelves amid strawberry scare .
The supermarket giant has pulled all sewing needles from the shelves as a safety precaution as the national strawberry contamination crisis continues to frighten consumers. The supermarket giant confirmed to Fairfax Media it had taken the precautionary measure on Wednesday after customers across the country began finding needles in their fruit."We’ve taken the precautionary step of temporarily removing sewing needles from sale in our stores," a spokeswoman said. "The safety of our customers is our top priority."The temporary removal extends across all Woolworths stores nationally.

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