Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Latest news
Main » No strawberry tampering in WA: minister

No strawberry tampering in WA: minister

18 September 2018

People in possession of the brands in question should refrain from using them and strawberries from other companies "should be cut up" for safe measure, police said in the update, quoting Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young.

Police in Western Australia confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the first reported case of suspected needle contamination in the state.

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.

WA growers are warning that the spate of fruit-tampering cases, which had risen to at least 12 nationwide last night, could spell the end of the $280 million strawberry industry. "This a vicious crime, it's created to injure, and possibly worse, members of the population at large", he said in remarks quoted by ABC.

"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", she said on Saturday.

"When the fruit was consumed this morning, a needle was found inside one of the strawberries".

"None of the strawberries on our shelves come from the areas affected by this issue in Australia, however as an extra precaution Countdown is not importing any further strawberries from Australia".

The six brands are believed to be sold in stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, police said.

Justin Bieber And Hailey Baldwin Married At New York Courthouse
The pair were spotted several times from November 2017 to March this year, as it looked like they had rekindled their romance. It is now rumored that the couple, who started dating in June, will have a big ceremony in Canada next week.

In recent days, a number of people in Australia have opened boxes of strawberries they purchased at supermarkets, only to find that the fruit has small sewing needles or pins stuck inside.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne says he understands why New Zealanders are baulking at Australian strawberries.

New Zealand's strawberry season will start shortly, Foodstuffs said.

He said that while police have primary responsibility, the federal agency is investigating "whether there are supply chain weaknesses".

The strawberry industry is worth $160 million for the state, with farmers producing 60 million punnets of the fruit each year.

The criminal contamination of strawberries could attract a jail term of up to 10 years.

Queensland police commissioner Ian Stewart told reporters on Monday that it was unclear if the contamination was the result of a single person acting alone or several people acting independently and that tracing back through the complex supply chain was taking time.

The brands involved are Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries, and Oasis.

No strawberry tampering in WA: minister