Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

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

Queensland Police are now heading an investigation aimed at tracking down the source of the needles.

A Queensland man posted this photo of a strawberry with a needle in it after reporting his friend swallowed one.

The contamination is believed to have affected the brands "Berry Obsession", "Berry Licious", "Love Berry", "Donnybrook Berries", "Delightful Strawberries", and "Oasis".

An urgent recall was originally issued on Wednesday following the discovery of needles planted inside the fruit, with Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young advising anyone who has purchased strawberries from the Berry Liscious and Berry Obsession brands to dispose of their fruit immediately. He is being assessed by medics but his condition is not known.

Sewing needles and pins have been deliberately placed inside strawberries across the ditch.

Police have confirmed a fourth case of strawberry contamination in NSW after a Coles customer found pins in three pieces of fruit from a Coles supermarket in Engadine in Sydney's South.

"Police are urging anyone who finds strawberry punnets containing foreign objects to contact the police in their home state".

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it's likely the affected strawberries were tampered with between the time they were packed and the time they were bought.

"At this stage, please cut them up and just look to make sure they haven't been contaminated", she said.

Mr Michael said strawberry growers made huge capital outlays to plant their crops, and now was a critical time of year for them to get some money back.



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