Health alert to strawberries contaminated with needles in Australia

Health alert to strawberries contaminated with needles in Australia

An Australian state offers a reward for information after several people reported finding needles or needles in strawberries.

The Queensland Government has offered $ 100,000 Australian dollars (about $ 71,510) to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for strawberry pollution.

"Those behind it do not just endanger families in Queensland and the rest of Australia – they put a whole industry at risk," said Queensland PM Annastacia Palaszczuk in a statement.

"I would ask anybody with information that might be relevant to this incident to contact the police as soon as possible," she said.

On Wednesday, the Queensland Department of Health issued a health alert in response to the contamination. The Health Authority recommends that consumers cut strawberries before eating them. The Queensland Police have also opened an investigation.

The Ministry of Health said three brands of strawberries were recalled. The affected brands are Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries.

Reports of contaminated strawberries have also surfaced in neighboring New South Wales, but police say they do not know if the same person or a copycat is responsible.

Police in New South Wales said the brands Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis may also be contaminated.

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