Warning after needles found in third brand of strawberries

ACT Health is advising Canberrans that another brand of strawberries – Donnybrook – have been affected by needle contamination.

Canberrans who have purchased punnets of Donnybrook brand strawberries should throw them out.

Acting ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Pengilley said anyone who had strawberries should check which brand they were.

“If you have Donnybrook strawberries at home or are unsure of the brand, you should throw them out,” Dr Pengilley said.

“This is in addition to Berry Licious and Berry Obsession strawberries, following the warning issued for these brands earlier this week.”

Donnybrook is currently in the process of being removed from sale nationwide.

ACT Health advises strawberries from other brands remain safe and can continue to be eaten, but consumers should cut them up before eating.

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

“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 0408 623 407.

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Published date: 

Friday, September 14, 2018