Warning after needles found in strawberries in Queensland and Victoria

ACT Health is advising Canberrans who have purchased punnets of fresh Berry Liscious or Berry Obsession brand strawberries to throw them out, after needles were found in some berries in Queensland and Victoria.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said while there had been no contaminated strawberries reported in the ACT, anyone who had fresh strawberries should check which brand they were.

“Berry Liscious and Berry Obsession are the only brands of concern and the contaminated fruit is no longer available for sale,” Dr Kelly said.

“However if people don’t know what brand of strawberries they have, and they want to be ultra cautious, then I would advise they throw the strawberries out.

“People who have purchased fresh strawberries and then frozen them without the packaging for later use should be particularly cautious.

“You may not know the brand of strawberries you have purchased.

“If in doubt, throw them out.”

If anyone discovers their fruit is contaminated they should contact the Health Protection Service on 6205 1700.

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Published date: 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018