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Sydney customer finds needle in 'Delightful' punnet of strawberries

Sydney customer finds needle in 'Delightful' punnet of strawberries

Per reports in ABC News, premier premier Annastacia Palaszczuk approved the reward over the weekend, after saying that police are doing everything they can to catch the culprit, who potentilly faces up to ten years behind bars.

A health warning to throw out or cut up strawberries remains in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia as authorities hunt those responsible.

Queensland Health said in a Thursday tweet that "consumers should cut up strawberries before consuming them", even if they're not from one of the six named makers.

"We're not going to stand for it".

Overnight, it was announced that Coles and Aldi have pulled strawberries from supermarket shelves across New South Wales, after a customer returned a tainted punnet to the Engadine Coles in Sydney's south.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it's likely the affected strawberries were tampered with between the time they were packed and the time they were bought. Three brands-Donnybrook Berries, Berry Licious, and Berry Obsession-have been taken off the shelves completely.

There have now been more than 10 cases of pins or needles found in strawberries reported nationally.

The statement added: "As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat".

"The contamination relates to what appears to be sewing needles and pins inserted in strawberries".

"Police are urging anyone who finds strawberry punnets containing foreign objects to contact the police in their home state".

He said unless confidence and sales recovered quickly, growers would have to leave strawberries on the ground to rot.

Police are also investigating contamination of fruit sold by Delightful Strawberries, Love Berries and Oasis in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and the ACT stores.

NSW police say they are continuing to liaise with retailers to ensure that all stock from the affected date has been removed from sale.


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