Australia offers reward amid mystery strawberry needle scare

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

The discovery comes a day after police confirmed a case of contamination in Sydney's south, after a Coles customer found pins in fruit bought in Engadine.

"Based on our checks, there are no imports of the implicated brands into Singapore", said AVA in response to Channel NewsAsia's queries.

Strawberries have been stripped from supermarket shelves and growers are dumping tonnes of their crop as police in Australia hunt for an individual putting sewing needles in the fruit.

Investigators remain stumped by a spate of strawberry sabotage that has spread to six brands across five states, prompting a national food safety watchdog assessment.

"If you still have Berry Licious, Berry Obsession and Donnybrook-branded strawberries at home you should return them to the store or throw them away", she said.

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Hien Tiet, the wife of Mal Tiet, owner of Mal's Black Label Strawberry farm in Gingin, 70 kilometres north of Perth, told WAtoday she had not been informed about the incident or received any calls from police.

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.

Earlier this week, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a $100,000 reward over concerns for growers as well as consumers.

The latest contaminated batch was detected in Woodville, outside Newcastle NSW.

The strawberry industry in Queensland, Australia, is suffering after needles were found in strawberries.

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The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it appears the punnets of strawberries were interfered with between the time they were packed and the time they were purchased.

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Woolworths Group has removed all the affected brands from shelves in its supermarkets, but continues to sell other varieties of the fruit.

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

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