Help for straw­berry grow­ers.

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

IF YOU have any concerns about nee­dles in your straw­ber­ries, cut them in half and have a look in­side.

That was the mes­sage from Grow­com chief ad­vo­cate Rachel Macken­zie who is calling for some ‘per­spec­tive’ on the me­dia storm af­ter sew­ing nee­dles were found in straw­ber­ries.

While the saga con­tin­ues to make head­lines, some con­sumers have taken to so­cial me­dia to pledge their al­le­giance to farm­ers, shar­ing posts and recipes with straw­ber­ries.

The Ru­ral Weekly cre­ated a meme (above) which was viewed by more than 30,000 peo­ple on­line.

Ms Macken­zie agreed the in­ci­dent was shock­ing, but stressed some per­spec­tive was needed.

“While of the sever­ity of this is­sue is sig­nif­i­cant, the risk of a con­sumer be­ing af­fected is small,” she said.

Ms Macken­zie said Grow­com would work with grow­ers to min­imise the in­ci­dent’s long-term im­pact on the in­dus­try.

“We will work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the Queens­land Straw­berry Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion on the best way to move for­ward, but the clear mes­sage in the short term is if you are con­cerned, cut your straw­ber­ries in half,” she said.

FARMER SUP­PORT: The Ru­ral Weekly is stand­ing by farm­ers.

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