ALDI has announced that they will be re-stocking a selection of strawberry brands just days after completely removing the fruit from their shelves.
The supermarket giant said in a statement on Monday evening that they have been working with investigating authorities in relation to the strawberry sabotage saga which has seen sewing needles discovered in strawberries in at least three different states.
“Over the weekend ALDI has been working with strawberry growers and regulatory officials to understand the facts in relation to reports of foreign objects found in strawberries,” an Aldi Australia spokesperson said.
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“Following information provided by the Queensland State Health Emergency Coordination Centre and the state based Food Safety Authorities, ALDI has decided to return a selection of strawberries back to shelves as soon as the orders can be fulfilled and distributed.”
Aldi said they would continue to help support strawberry farmers during this tough time.
“The food waste associated with this matter is significant and has been unavoidable. We are actively working with our valued primary producers and the supporting supply chain to do what we can to minimise the impact and cost of the recent withdrawals.”
“As a precautionary measure, we support the current guidance of the Queensland State Health Emergency Coordination Centre, to chop your strawberries before you chomp.”
A $100,000 reward remains on offer for anyone who comes forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the strawberry contamination.