A man questioned by police in relation to the strawberry contamination crisis has denied any wrongdoing.

Police visited the pensioner’s Terowie home in South Australia’s Mid-North region on Thursday following claims he tampered with two punnets of strawberries from different growers bought from a supermarket in nearby town of Jamestown.

It’s understood the Foodland supermarket alerted police after the man claimed one punnet contained a needle while the other contained a safety pin.

While police confirmed he was a ‘person of interest,’ the man, 53, insists he’s done nothing wrong.

‘All I did was to let the public know what I found,’ the man told 7 News.

Police spent several hours at the property questioning the man, where they went through his garbage and seized a number of items, including nails.

The pensioner insists he’s a victim and not a copycat.

‘No no, why would I? I’ve got nothing to achieve,’ he said.

A South Australia Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that a ‘person of interest’was questioned by police after foreign objects were found in purchases bought from a Jamestown supermarket.

No charges have been laid.

‘Investigations are continuing,’ she said.

Anyone found guilty of tampering with fruit faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty under tough new federal penalties passed in federal parliament on Thursday.

Two young people have also been cautioned after admitting to putting needles in their fruit as a prank.

Share your comments below.

  • Hope the Police get the right person, whoever it may be.


  • I wonder why they suspected him in the first place?


  • I just hope and pray they catch the right person soon !


  • The fact the Police found suspect items in his garbage doesn’t look good for the guy. It may be just a coincidence that he has cleaned his shed out. As far as I know there is only 2 supermarkets in Jamestown. I think their strawberries would have been grown here in SA (in glasshouses).


  • I hope he wasn’t involved as this is fsrmers livelihood that is affected.


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