Needle found in Wallace Road Berries strawberry bought at Coles Green Hills

Police are warning Maitland residents to be cautious eating strawberries after a needle was found in a punnet bought at Green Hills.

A Woodville resident bought four punnets of Wallace Road Berries strawberries from Coles Green Hills on Wednesday.

The first three punnets were consumed without issue, but on Saturday a young girl started to cut up the last lot and could not cut through one of the berries.

She alerted her father who investigated and spotted the metal pin. Luckily, no one was harmed.

Police were called and seized the berry for forensic examination.

The incident was one of several strawberry contamination cases around Australia in the past week.

Other cases have so far been identified in Sydney, Tweed Heads, Taree and Wingham in NSW, along with several locations in Victoria and Queensland.

Maitland police officer in charge Chief Inspector Glenn Blain said police had alerted Coles about the incident and would be following up the matter.

Chief Inspector Blain urged people who had bought strawberries recently to check them thoroughly before consumption.

Coles has also pulled all Queensland grown strawberry punnets (including Wallace Road Berries) from sale in Coles supermarkets in all states (except Western Australia), in Coles Express stores and via Coles online.

Woolworths and Aldi have done the same.

“The safety of our customers is our top priority and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice,” a Coles spokesperson said.

“Coles will be working with growers and suppliers to offer support.”

Coles and police urge anyone who finds strawberries containing foreign objects to contact authorities.