Fruit Taken Off Shelves After Needles And Metal Objects Found

Video Of QLD Berry Farmer’s Tragic Wastage Goes Viral As Scandal Continues

Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries have recalled their strawberries nationwide.

Industry body the Strawberry Growers Association blamed a disgruntled ex-employee for those incidents, but Queensland police say they have yet to identify a suspect and are "keeping a very open mind" as they seek to interview more than 100 people involved in the supply chain.

Vice-president of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, Adrian Schultz, says what started with a single act of "commercial terrorism" has brought a multi-million-dollar industry to its knees.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt ordered the national food safety watchdog to investigate Queensland's handling of the needle scare.

South Australian Police issued a warning this evening saying that a needle was found in a strawberry purchased from a supermarket in the Adelaide Hills.

Coles and Aldi have pulled all strawberries from their shelves after needles were found inside berries sold as far apart as Sydney and Townsville.

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

The strawberries were produced and packaged in Western Australia.

The Department of Health said it was aware police were investigating the York incident, and that it was in addition to the case being looked at in South Australia.

Australian supermarkets aren't taking any chances and have taken certain strawberry brands off their shelves. Many large New Zealand stores have withdrawn Australian-grown strawberries today.

An update on the investigation was released amid what authorities said was thought to be a "copycat incident" and provided a photo in relation to it.

The New Zealand strawberry season would kick off shortly, filling the supply gap, a spokesman said.

Authorities in Australia are investigating an apparent campaign of industrial sabotage to its food industry after sewing needles were found in strawberries and at least one consumer was treated in hospital.

Health officials have advised Australians to cut up strawberries before eating them.



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