Coles, Aldi pull all the strawberries off the shelves nationwide, except WA stores

Coles, Aldi pull all the strawberries off the shelves nationwide, except WA stores

"The safety of our customers is our top priority and anyone who cares about their health should consult a doctor.

"Coles will work with growers and suppliers to provide support and ensure that all strawberry peels are fully inspected before resuming delivery before being sent to supermarkets."

Aldi also confirmed that the supermarket chain had taken strawberries out of the shelves in all stores except those in Western Australia, and their offer came from farms in Queensland.

"Due to the increasing number of identified cases and multiple brands of strawberries reported by authorities, we have taken the proactive step of selling all strawberries for sale in Aldi stores in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, South Australia and Victoria", said a spokeswoman for Aldi Australia said.

"Before returning strawberries to our shelves, we will seek advice from the Queensland Emergency Coordination Center.

"Now that product withdrawal is complete, we will focus on working with our primary producers and the supporting supply chain to minimize the impact and cost of these withdrawals.

"Our hope is that we will be advised by the authorities that we can return strawberries to the shelves in the near future."

A man from Queensland wrote this photo of a needle in a strawberry after he reported that his friend had swallowed one last Sunday.

A man from Queensland wrote this photo of a needle in a strawberry after he reported that his friend had swallowed one last Sunday.

Photo: Joshua Gane

Woolworths has withdrawn the Berry Licious, Berry Obsession, Donnybrook, Oasis and Love Berry strawberries as a precautionary measure in consultation with health officials.

The supermarket offers full refund and not the other brand involved, Delightful Strawberries. A spokeswoman for Woolworth confirmed that there are other strawberries available in the store.

"At Woolworths, we take food safety incredibly seriously and work hand-in-hand with the police and health authorities as they guide the response on this issue," the spokeswoman said.

"We remain in close contact and continue to be controlled by the authorities to protect our customers.

"We urge customers to follow the advice of the health authorities and hack all strawberries before eating them."

The news comes after police have confirmed a fourth case of strawberry pollution in NSW after a customer from Coles found needles in three fruit pieces in a supermarket in the south of Sydney.

Other cases of strawberry pollution have been identified so far in NSW at Tweed Heads, Taree and Wingham and in Queensland at Townsville, Everton Park and Redbank Plains. Two cases were reported in Victoria.

On Saturday, Queensland's Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a $ 100,000 reward for information that led to the arrest of a person responsible for contaminating strawberries with needles and needles.

"Those who are behind it are not only putting families in Queensland and the rest of Australia at risk – they are jeopardizing a whole industry," said PM Annastacia Palaszczuk.

"How could any righteous person endanger a baby or a child or another's health by doing such a terrible act?"

Toby Crockford is a cutting-edge Brisbane Times reporter

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