Supermarkets are pulling strawberries off the shelves as the crisis gets worse

Supermarkets are pulling strawberries off the shelves as the crisis gets worse

COLES and Aldi both pulled strawberries out of their shelves after needles were found in the berries sold as far as Sydney and Townsville.

The dramatic movement affects stores in every state except Western Australia.

"Now that the product's 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," said one Aldi spokeswoman.

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

Coles said the move was to protect the safety of his customers.

"Coles has met Queensland Health's claim to stop selling Donnybrook strawberries after reports of product contamination," said the spokesman.

"As a precaution, Coles also retreats all brands and sizes of Queensland bred strawberry shells from sale to Coles Supermarkets in all states (except Western Australia), Coles Express stores and via Coles online.

"The police are urging anyone who finds strawberry peel with foreign bodies to contact the police in their home state.

"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. "

The Queensland Police are conducting an investigation into the origin of the needles, and the country's Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has provided a $ 100,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the culprits.

"How could a righteous person endanger a baby, a child, or anyone's health through such a terrible act?" Said Mrs. Palaszczuk yesterday.

"This endangers the lives of families and endangers the strawberry industry, and we have to catch those responsible."

The police suspect that the needles were deliberately "obviously injuring someone" planned.

Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis are believed to affect needle suture contamination.

These brands are known to be sold in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.

Yesterday, Woolworths confirmed that it had taken the Oasis and Love Berry brands off its shelves with Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook, who went earlier in the week.

It does not have the beautiful brand.

"We remain in close contact and continue to be guided by the authorities to protect our customers," said a spokeswoman for Woolworth.

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

The strawberry industry asks customers to continue buying the berries but cut them before eating to make sure they are safe.

"This is the food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees," said Ray Daniels, spokesman for Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland.

"But I would say to humans, we produce 800,000 cups a day and seven needles have been found and you have more chances to win the lottery than to be hit.

"I would ask people to go out and buy strawberries today, but please, cut them off to see."

On Thursday, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association revealed that there was a startled former employee behind the pollution.

There were several reported cases of Australians finding the needles in their strawberries. A horrified mother told sunrise She had discovered the metal device as she cut the fruit for her child.

Angela Stevenson said she cut in metal and then she realized that she had given strawberries to her son for his packed lunch.

She desperately called her son's school and asked her to throw away the fruit.

So far, only one person has swallowed a needle, in the first known case last Sunday.

A 21-year-old Burpengary man in Queensland bit into a strawberry with a needle and landed in the hospital.

"When I bit into one, I felt like a sharp bang, and my knee reaction was to swallow, and what was left was half a needle," he said courier post,

"I'm just in shock, you do not expect that."

Anyone who thinks they have swallowed a needle should call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or talk to their family doctor.

Anyone with information that could support the police investigation is requested to contact Crime Stopper at 1800 333 000.

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