Sewing needles found in Australian strawberries, farmer 'devastated'

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

Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 1 - Queensland Police News

"I bit straight in - knee-jerk reaction was to swallow - and yeah it wasn't a pleasant surprise", the 21-year-old told Nine Network.

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.

ACT chief health officer Dr Paul Kelly said no contaminated Berry Liscious or Berry Obsession strawberries had been reported in the territory, but encouraged caution.

"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".

Authorities issued urgent warnings for any Australian customers who had purchased strawberries within the last week to return their products to the point of purchase or throw them out.

The Stevenson family were shocked to find the strawberries they purchased from Woolworths had been contaiminated with needles.

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

Police in Queensland say they are investigating a suspected "copycat" incident after a small silver rod was found in a punnet of strawberries at a supermarket west of Brisbane.

Industry sources said the same strawberries were sold in NSW, sparking widespread safety fears.

Coles said they had been in contact with Ms Faugeras.

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Angela Stevenson, a mother of two, bought Berry Obsession strawberries from Woolworths in Gladstone on September 11, ABC reported.

Joshua Gane said that he and his friend Hoani van Dorp had bought a punnet of "Berry Obsession" strawberries from the Woolworths in Strathpine Centre.

It comes as products sold by Sunshine Coast supplier Donnybrook were pulled from supermarket shelves earlier in the day following the discovery of needles in three punnets of fruit on Thursday and Friday.

Investigators said there are four contamination incidents, two each in Queensland and Victoria.

"We have not been notified of any cases of contaminated strawberries in South Australia; however, if people have Donnybrook strawberries at home or are unsure of the brand, they should be returned to the place of purchase, or discarded".

Meanwhile, a NSW mother revealed her ten-year-old child discovered sabotaged fruit in a case yet unconfirmed by police.

"I know that farmers that are still going would appreciate the support by the public".

"It's quite safe to buy them but just cut them up and check there isn't anything in there that shouldn't be in there", she said.

"There is no reason to stop eating strawberries, we just need to be aware of this incident". If you are in doubt of the brand, throw them out.

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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