JUST IN | Police Believe Copycat Needle Found In Strawberries In Queensland

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

Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 1 - Queensland Police News

The needle problem first emerged in a Facebook post from Joshua Gane on September 9, who said they'd bought a punnet of "Berry Obsession" strawberries from Woolworths in Strathpine, 25km north of Brisbane, and was driving up the coast when his travelling companion bit through a strawberry and swallowed half a sewing needle.

The 21 year old was taken into hospital with "severe abdominal pain" after swallowing half a needle inside a strawberry on Sunday.

The Donnybrook supplier owns three farms in south-east Queensland and supplies to both Coles and Woolworths.

People in possession of the brands in question should refrain from using them and strawberries from other companies "should be cut up" for safe measure, police said in the update, quoting Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young.

Police said they believe the contamination was done deliberately to hurt people.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said identical needles had been found in the Donnybrook punnets and added "another whim" to the investigation.

"Our investigation is still open, we're not going to get into speculation".

In case you missed the news, there have been seven confirmed cases now of strawberries with needles found in them.

On Thursday Queensland police announced they were investigating a suspected copycat incident after a metal rod was discovered on top of strawberries inside a plastic punnet at a Coles in Gatton.

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

"They rang me back not even five minutes later and said it was too late, he'd bitten into it and he had found a needle".

TWO popular strawberry brands have been recalled from Woolworths stores across three states, including NSW, with a disgruntled former employee accused of deliberately inserting sewing needles into the fruit.

In the post, Ms Faugeras says her 10-year-old discovered a pin embedded in a strawberry while eating a punnet they had bought from the Coles at Wingham.

"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", NSW Police said in a statement late Friday.

I've purchased strawberries but don't know where they came from. If you are in doubt of the brand, throw them out.

The supermarket withdrew Berry Obsession and Berrylicious branded strawberries from sale and advised consumers to return these products to their local branch for a full refund.

"We just really want to reinforce that it was one farm that's been affected - the two labels within the one farm, and all those strawberries have been pulled off the shelves", she has told ABC radio.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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