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Shepp greengrocer supports strawberry farmers

By Alana Christensen

Strawberry producers struggling to sell produce in the wake of a number of contamination scares are receiving a helping hand from a Shepparton greengrocer.

Ryan's Fruit and Veg owner Ryan Curtis has pledged to return all funds from the sale of 99 cent punnets at the High St business back to their suppliers as they deal with the fall-out from the discovery of pins and needles in a number of strawberries across the country.

The scare, which has seen a number of brands pulled from the shelves, has left many consumers cautious about purchasing the fruit and comes off the back of an oversupply which has resulted in low returns to producers.

Mr Curtis encouraged customers to continue to buy strawberries and cut them up before consumption.

Police are continuing to investigate the situation, with strawberries from Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries recalled nationwide.

Police are also investigating contamination of fruit sold by Delightful Strawberries, Love Berries and Oasis in stores in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

See next week's Country News for more.