Even More Strawberry Brands May Have Been Contaminated With Needles

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

Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 1 - Queensland Police News

Police launched an investigation on Sunday after a Queensland man reported swallowing a contaminated berry.

In Queensland's Gladstone, a 9-year-old boy bit into a strawberry with a needle in it, but thankfully wasn't pricked.

The Warmuran farm which supplied the berries under the brand names Berry Obsession and Berry Licious, was inspected by Queensland police and Australian Border Force officers yesterday.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said that following today's potential "copycat" incident, people should be "ultra cautious" and cut up any strawberries before consuming them.

It's not known if all the finds are from the original Queensland incident, because not all of them have been forensically examined.

Queensland acting Chief Superintendent, Terry Lawrence, from the State Crime Command, said police believed the contamination was deliberate and was aimed at hurting someone.

They are working with retailers to remove all stock from the affected date are removed from sale.

He urged anyone who found a needle in a strawberry to provide this to police. "We'd be lucky at the moment to get between $3-4 a kilo", Mr Schultz said.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association has said early reports indicate a disgruntled farm worker may be responsible for the alarming act.

Where have people found needles in their strawberries?

He said police are "comfortable" that the issue with the "Berry Obsession" and "Berrylicious" brands had now been resolved, having been taken off the market.

The suspected copycat incident, reported at a supermarket in Gatton, involves the discovery of a thin metal object in a punnet of strawberries.

Queensland Health alerted South Australia's health department Friday afternoon advising Donnybrook-branded strawberries had become the third brand of strawberries linked to the contamination.

"At this time [we] have reason to suspect a disgruntled ex-employee may have orchestrated the occurrence, wherein sewing needles were found in a number of strawberries in Queensland and Victoria", the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said in a statement.

"We're keeping a very open mind as to where this may have occurred somewhere between the actual growing of the strawberry through to the end of the production line, including even further through to distribution and going onto the shelves", he said.

Police said an employee bought a punnet of strawberries at Coles and found a silver rod inside.

"People can go back and buy the strawberries they normally buy, from anywhere", she said.

I've purchased strawberries but don't know where they came from.

Stevenson immediately called her son's school and told them to stop her son from eating the strawberries. "It makes it hard because you might need to dispose of them earlier, but just cut them up for safety's sake". Any strawberries bought from 13 September are safe.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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