Strawberry sabotage: WA not affected by needle contamination

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

"Kids chuck them in so not sure what both brands were.only complaint was tonight from "Delightful" strawberries", she said.

Angela Stevenson, from Gladstone, told Seven News her nine-year-old accidentally bit into one of the contaminated strawberries after she packed them for his school lunch.

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".

Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said on September 12 that the police were in contact with the farm operators and Woolworths representatives, and that they believed that the offender contaminated the stock intentionally.

"Police have spoken to the person who operates the farm and they are assisting us with our inquiries", he said.

It came as a NSW mother said she found more sabotaged strawberries, in the first instance for that state following the recent scares in Queensland.

Customers were also encouraged to cut through any strawberries before they consumed them.

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

"They suspect it is foul play, but unsure whether it was via the supplier, Woolworths or a customer", Gane said.

"These brands are believed to be sold in stores in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory", the statement said.

The supermarket chain said it removed the affected brands from its produce departments.

"The contamination relates to what appears to be sewing needles and pins inserted in strawberries".

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

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

Queensland man Hoani Hearne wound up in hospital after swallowing part of a needle and developing severe abdominal pain on Sunday.

Canberrans who have bought fresh strawberries recently are being urged to check the brand after sewing needles were found in some berries interstate.

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

The incident was reported to authorities on Thursday, but the strawberry punnet targeted was a different brand to other confirmed discoveries. It was treated as a copycat incident.

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

There are other reports out there, but they're still being chased up.

Adrian Schultz, vice president of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, told ABC it was a tough time for farmers even before this week's fears emerged.

"We could be finished by the weekend", he said.

What's going on with the strawberries?

Charges of malicious acts to cause grievous bodily harm could lead to a prison sentence of 10 years.



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