Sewing needles have been found DELIBERATELY hidden inside strawberries

'If in doubt, throw them out': Needles in strawberries prompt warning

Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 1 - Queensland Police News

Photo from a Facebook Post by Joshua Gane showing the needle he found in a punnet of Woolworths strawberries bought from Strathpine, Queensland on September 9, 2018.

Police said a Coles employee had discovered the silver rod in a punnet of strawberries they had purchased at work.

"So some of those reports coming in are not something that we would pursue. because we are so early in the stage of each of these reports coming through and how large it is for us to follow each one of them down".

The discovery of sewing needles hidden inside strawberries has prompted a food recall in Queensland.

Another punnet of strawberries inserted with needles was also discovered yesterday by a Gladstone woman whose son bit into a contaminated berry he'd taken to school in his lunch box.

All three brands have now been withdrawn from sale.

Berry Licious and Berry Obsession were the first cases reported on Wednesday.

So far, NSW Police has received reports of contaminated strawberries purchased at supermarkets at Tweed Heads, Taree, and Wingham.

Where are these strawberries being sold?

The Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association says a disgruntled farm worker may be responsible, as the two brands affected, Berry Obsession and Berrylicious, came from the same farm.

Donnybrook operates three farms on the Sunshine Coast but distributes strawberries throughout Australia, including to Coles.

It's feared six separate brands of brands of strawberries have been contaminated with needles.

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Her young son had eaten one of the strawberries at school but it had not been tampered with.

Queensland Health issued a similar statement.

But Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said just be ultra-cautious before eating them, no matter where you buy them from.

A strawberry spiked with a needle from the same punnet as the fruit which struck down Brisbane man Hoani Hearne.

"We want everybody to check their strawberries before consuming them ... just cut them up, have a look", Supt Lawrence said. If you are in doubt of the brand, throw them out.

Lawrence also encouraged people to check strawberries before they are consumed. What should I do?

"It wasn't five minutes later they rang back and said it was too late, he'd actually bitten into it".

"Farmers are really nervous about it, obviously, and devastated something as very bad as this would happen to the industry", Ms Rowling said.

What do I do if I find a needle in my strawberries?

"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat".

"You'll be given guidance and advice on what to do with those before police come and collect them."

Acting Queensland Chief Superintendent of the State Crime Command Terry Lawrence said the evidence indicates the act was "obviously" meant to injure others.

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