THE Queensland Police Service is investigating the contamination of strawberries in Queensland, with one affected punnet sold in Yarram.
The contamination relates to what appears to be sewing needles inserted in strawberries.
Queensland police said inquiries to date indicated the contamination affected two brands of strawberries – ‘Berry Obsession’ and ‘Berry Licious’.
It is understood the brands are sold in stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Police are liaising with retailers to ensure that all stock is removed from sale.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said anyone who had bought the brands of strawberries without signs of tampering should return them to the store or throw them away.
“While it is expected that berries picked early last week would now not be usable, many people freeze the fruit for later use,” she said.
“If you are in doubt, just throw them out. “Any strawberries bought from September 13 are safe.
“Any strawberries that you are certain are not the brands Berry Licious and Berry Obsession, are safe.
“I love strawberries, there is no reason to stop eating strawberries, we just need to be aware of this incident.”
Queensland Police Service is leading the investigation, with Victoria Police’s Fraud and Extortion Squad detectives assisting.
Queensland Police are urging people who find strawberries containing the needles to phone Policelink for advice on 131 444.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.