Nail found in strawberry punnet

Strawberries

A nail has been found in a strawberry punnet purchased in South Australia last week.

Barossa Police say they were notified yesterday that a customer had found a nail in a strawberry punnet.

The punnet had been purchased on 15 August at Gawler. Police say the packaging and nail have been forensically examined and they are awaiting the results. The remaining stock was examined and no other items were found and police say they’re not aware of any other reports. They haven’t ruled out accidental contamination.

The woman who found the nail told Nine News that she didn’t notice the nail when cutting up the strawberries for her smoothie, only finding it later when she noticed something shiny.

Last year there were more than 100 reports of fruit being contaminated across Australia with needles and other objects, causing huge stress in the fruit industry. One person was charged in relation to contamination of fruit, and many other reports were found to be fake or copycat incidents.