Even More Strawberry Brands May Have Been Contaminated With Needles
It comes after NSW police confirmed they had received community reports of contaminated strawberries in state stores.
The health concerns over needles and pins found inside Australian strawberries are continuing to escalate with NSW police now warning up to six brands may have been affected.
The new alert comes after police received reports of contaminated strawberries purchased from NSW supermarkets at Tweed Heads, Taree and Wingham.
"It is now believed the contamination may affect six brands of strawberries – “Berry Obsession”, “Berry Licious”, “Love Berry”, “Donnybrook Berries”, “Delightful Strawberries”, and “Oasis,” police said on Friday.
"These brands are believed to be sold in stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory."
Police have been unable to confirm whether the contaminated products are linked to the original contamination in Queensland or a copycat, however they are urging anyone who has purchased contaminated products to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for forensic testing.
Earlier this week news broke of the contamination, believed to have originated at a Queensland-based supplier, after a Brisbane man claimed he had found several small metal needles inside strawberries from a Woolworths store.
The complaint spurred an investigation from Queensland authorities, after it was revealed the two contaminated brands were sold in stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.
Authorities issued urgent warnings for any Australian customers who had purchased strawberries within the last week to return their products to the point of purchase or throw them out.
Customers were also encouraged to cut through any strawberries before they consumed them.
By Thursday police were on the hunt for the culprit and investigating whether a disgruntled worker could be to blame.
The scare later widened with a suspected copycat at a Coles supermarket in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.
On Friday NSW police said they were working with Queensland authorities to assist in their investigation and liaising with retailers to ensure that all stock from the affected date have been removed from sale.