'Disgruntled ex-employee' blamed for needle in Woolworths strawberries

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

Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 1 - Queensland Police News

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

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has voiced her anger at the situation and is urging anyone with information to come forward, while the state's Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, is warning people buying any brand of strawberries to be careful and to cut them up before eating them.

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

As a precaution, Queensland Health's chief health officer, Jeanette Young, advised people in the states of Queensland, Victoria, and NSW on September 12 to throw out their strawberries that were bought early last week, the Herald Sun reported.

"It was lying on top of the strawberries", Detective Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said.

"For other brands, our advice is all strawberries should be cut up before they are eaten", Young said.

'Real talk. Why would you risk it if it could have been tampered with in ways which are more than just needles, especially considering that you could simply return them in exchange for a fresh punnet?' said another.

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

Strawberries from Berry Obsession and Berry Licious have been contaminated with sewing needles.

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"They are also contacting the supplier, the police and health and safety", Gane stated.

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

Queensland Health and police urged people who bought strawberries sold under the brands Berry Obsession and Berry Licious across the eastern seaboard in the past week to throw them out, after three separate incidents in Queensland and Victoria.

'There is no reason to stop eating strawberries, we just need to be aware of this incident'.

"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".

Rowling said reports from people associated with the farm and Queensland Police had indicated a disgruntled former employee might have put the needles in the fruit, but the association was waiting for the police to complete their investigation.

Police investigations are ongoing.

"As with all farmers who produce food for our nation, strawberry growers strive to ensure the quality, security and freshness of their produce and these spiteful incidents have been extremely disheartening and troubling", the association wrote 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 completion of the production line and going even further through to distribution and going on to the shelves".

Queensland mum Angela Stevenson discovered her strawberries, which she had given to her son for school lunch, were contaminated after cutting into metal.

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