Australia strawberry scare: Woolworths halts sewing needle sales


An Australian supermarket giant, Woolworths has temporarily halted the sell of sewing needles from its stores as the country faces a strawberry safety scare. Last week, Australians were warned to cut fresh strawberries before eating them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit.

Multiple strawberry brands have since been removed from a number of Australian stores and investigations are going on to ascertain what could be happening. This scare has been a source of concern for Australians and others across the world.

The government has also said it will introduce stricter criminal penalties for anyone found to have been tampering with food.

Some strawberry farmers have said the public’s worries are being fuelled by hysteria.

But Woolworths said the safety of its customers was its top priority and that pulling sewing needles from its shelves across the country was a safety measure.

“We’ve taken the precautionary step of temporarily removing sewing needles from sale in our stores across the country,” the supermarket told the BBC.

Woolworths could not say for how long they would keep their sewing needles from sale.



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