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Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 2

Investigations  have confirmed a further three credible cases of strawberry contamination,  taking the total to seven.

The  additional cases of contamination have affected the Donnybrook brand of  strawberries.

In  response to the additional cases, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette  Young has requested retailers withdraw all Donnybrook strawberries.

“We  are currently working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook  stock is removed from sale,” Dr Young said.

“If  you have Donnybrook strawberries at home, or are unsure of the brand, you  should return them to the store or throw them away.

“For  all other brands, our advice remains that you can continue to eat strawberries,  but you should cut them up before eating.”

“We  are working closely with our local and interstate counterparts as the  investigation continues and are committed to keeping the public informed as  this progresses.”

The  initial brands affected by the contamination, Berry Licious and Berry  Obsession, have already been removed from sale and are no longer in market.

Queensland Police Service investigations  are continuing. Police are urging anyone who locates strawberries containing  the needles to contact Policelink for further advice on 131 444.

Media  contact: +61 7 3708 5376

Last updated: 14 September 2018