Man reportedly eats strawberry with needle inside, police confirm 4 ‘contamination’ incidents

Man reportedly eats strawberry with needle inside, police confirm 4 ‘contamination’ incidents

Police began looking into the potentially risky berries after a Facebook user on Saturday wrote that their friend took a bite of a strawberry and ate "half a sewing needle", according to the Palm Beach Post.

In a Facebook post, Joshua Gane said his friend swallowed "half a sewing needle" after biting into a strawberry.

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

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the contaminated brands came from a farm in south-east Queensland, and were sold to Woolworths, but could also have been distributed to other stores.

Queensland police and Australian Border Force officers inspected the farm at Wamuran, north of Brisbane, on Thursday where the contaminated berries came from as they hunted for the culprit.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said there was no evidence of extortion but police inquiries were continuing.

"We are now working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook stock is removed from sale", Dr Young said.

The needle was found in a strawberry punnet purchased at Coles Gatton today.

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

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association says it has reason to suspect a disgruntled ex-employee is responsible.

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Just posting this as a warning to anyone that has bought strawberries (Berry Obsessions) from Woolworths recently.

However, police are urging anyone who finds a contaminated punnet to report it immediately and anyone using any of the impacted brands to cut up the strawberries before eating them.

"We want everybody to check their strawberries before consuming them ... just cut them up, have a look", Supt Lawrence said.

"These strawberries are distributed in South Australia by Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Aldi".

According to the Herald Sun, health officials and police said on September 12 that three punnets of strawberries from Queensland and Victoria had been found to have needles in them-one from Queensland and two from Victoria.

"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 end of the production line, including even further through to distribution and going onto the shelves", he said.

Queensland mum Angela Stevenson told Sunrise she discovered a sewing needle when she was cutting up fruit for her child. "It makes it hard because you might need to dispose of them earlier, but just cut them up for safety's sake".

"I don't know, because the problem is there's so many people handling the fruit all the time, and packing, so I can not say where it happened", he told a Channel 9 reporter. The strawberry stock should be replaced by Thursday and will be safe to consume.

Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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