Message from Department of Health: Urgent food advice

Page last updated: 20 September 2018

On 18 September 2018, a needle was found in a banana at an aged care service in NSW.  The aged care facility immediately contacted police and advised the Department of Health.

The Department urges all aged care approved providers and residents to exercise caution and cut up their fruit before consumption.

We stress the importance of vigilance to manage the safety and wellbeing of residents.

If contaminated fruit is found, people should contact their local police in the first instance.

The Prime Minister today announced increased penalties for people found guilty of food contamination and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is investigating whether there are supply chain weaknesses, if any systemic changes are required and if there are any actions the Government can take to assist police.

FSANZ continues to liaise with all food regulatory bodies in the states and territories to ensure coordinated, consistent advice to all affected stakeholders.

Aged care providers seeking more information should contact their peak bodies and the relevant state and territory health department or food authorities.