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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

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  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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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  Strawberry needle scare spreads to WA as growers suspect a vendetta against the industry As the strawberry contamination scare spreads across the country, forcing suppliers to dump masses of the fruit, a West Australian grower says the person responsible for putting sewing needles into punnets must have a vendetta against the industry.The WA Department of Health has warned consumers to check strawberries before eating them, after a needle was found in a punnet of Mal's Black Label strawberries.

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

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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

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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.

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