At 5.24pm this afternoon NSW Police issued a warning that contaminated strawberries have now been bought in NSW. This follows Wednesday’s investigation by Queensland Police that pinpointed a Queensland supplier and was limited to two or three brands.
It’s now believed the contamination may affect six brands of strawberries:
- DelightfulStrawberries; and
These brands are believed to be sold in stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and ACT.
Police are continuing to liaise with retailers to ensure that all stocks from the affected date have been removed from sale.
The contamination relates to what appears to be sewing needles and pins inserted into strawberries.
So far, NSW Police has received reports of contaminated strawberries bought at supermarkets at Tweed Heads, Taree and Wingham, all north of Sydney.
The products have yet to be forensically examined and it’s unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat.
Police urge anyone who has bought contaminated strawberries to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for triage and forensic examination.
Any customer who has bought strawberries of the potentially impacted brands is urged to cut the fruit before consuming.
If anyone is concerned about the integrity of the product they’ve bought it may be returned to the point of sale.
All relevant information is being collated in each state and provided to Queensland authorities to help with their ongoing investigation.
- Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000. Information treated in strict confidence. People are reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social-media pages.