Strawberries in SA linked to contamination

SA Health has today been notified that a brand of strawberries sold in South Australia is linked to the contamination which impacted the eastern states earlier this week.

SA Health’s Acting Director Public Health Services, Dr Chris Lease, said Queensland Health alerted SA Health to a third brand of contaminated strawberries this afternoon.

“Queensland Health has found that another brand of strawberries, Donnybrook strawberries, is associated with the contamination,” Dr Lease said.

“These strawberries are distributed in South Australia by Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Aldi.

“We have not been notified of any cases of contaminated strawberries in South Australia; however, if people have Donnybrook strawberries at home or are unsure of the brand, they should be returned to the place of purchase, or discarded.

“While no other brands of strawberries have been implicated, if consumers are concerned, they should consider chopping them up before consumption.”

SA Health is currently contacting all known distributors of Donnybrook strawberries to ensure the product is removed from the shelves.

Donnybrook strawberries, based in Queensland, are the third brand of strawberries linked to the contamination this week.

Dr Chris Lease said SA Health is working closely with interstate counterparts to ensure the supply of contaminated strawberries is removed from sale.

“The initial brands affected by the contamination, Berry Licious and Berry Obsession, were not distributed in South Australia,” Dr Lease said.

“We are working to ensure that Donnybrook strawberries are removed from local shelves as quickly as possible.”

The contamination relates to what appears to be sewing needles inserted in strawberries. Queensland Police are investigating the source of the contamination.

If people come across a contaminated strawberry, they should notify SA Police.

Anyone who eats a contaminated strawberry should seek medical attention.

For more information, go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/foodsafety.