'Please be careful': NSW mum finds needles in strawberries

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

Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 1 - Queensland Police News

Burpengary man Hoani Hearne was treated in hospital after eating a strawberry with a needle inside.

However, the Donnybrook farm strawberries are sold broadly across the country, in both Coles and Woolworths.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has requested retailers withdraw all Donnybrook strawberries through a trade level recall.

The couple called police after seeing a breaking news alert yesterday warning of incidents across the country.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said the item was lying on top of the punnet and had not been inserted into the fruit.

A Woolworths spokesperson later told Starts at 60: "Woolworths takes food safety very seriously and is working closely with authorities as they investigate this matter".

The disturbing discovery was made by a Coles employee who saw the risky object inside a punnet of strawberries at a shop in Gatton, west of Brisbane yesterday.

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"He didn't get hurt or anything - didn't get pricked", she said.

"At this time, have reason to suspect that a disgruntled ex-employee may have orchestrated the occurrence, wherein sewing needles were found in a number of strawberries, in Queensland and Victoria", the statement read.

Four cases of sewing needles have been discovered in strawberries since Sunday.

In a follow-up statement released on Facebook Thursday, the group said the strawberries were seemingly "interfered with between the time they were packed and the time they were purchased".

"Any strawberries bought from 13 September are safe and any strawberries that you are certain are not the brands Berry Licious and Berry Obsession are safe", Dr Young said.

ANOTHER case of needles in strawberries has come to light after a woman bought punnets from Wingham Coles in New South Wales.

Already struggling with low prices, strawberry growers are imploring customers to keep buying their fruit after sewing needles were discovered in punnets.

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What's going on with the strawberries?

A nine-year old boy bit into a contaminated fruit but did not swallow.

(Facebook) A NSW mum has posted pictures of needles she said she found in strawberries she was eating with her children.

"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. "It makes it hard because you might need to dispose of them earlier, but just cut them up for safety's sake".

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.

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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