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'Please be careful': NSW mum finds needles in strawberries

16 September 2018

"It is now believed the contamination may affect six brands of strawberries - Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis", NSW Police said in a statement.

The Queensland Police Service said it was investigating the contamination relating to sewing needles inserted in strawberries.

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".

Ms Faugeras notified others of the discovery in a post on Facebook on Thursday.

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

"It does appear to be an isolated incident so far.it's the perception that people have that's the concern".

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

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

Acting Queensland Chief Superintendent of the State Crime Command Terry Lawrence said the evidence indicates the act was "obviously" meant to injure others.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said that following today's potential "copycat" incident, people should be "ultra cautious" and cut up any strawberries before consuming them.

But the bottom line is: If in doubt, throw them out.

The brands are sold in stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

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Then she instantly realised that she had sent strawberries from the same punnet to school in her older son's packed lunch.

"While no other brands of strawberries have been implicated, if consumers are concerned, they should consider chopping them up before consumption".

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.

"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".

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

Det. Supt. Lawrence said officers were now identifying past and present employees of the two farms concerned, which involves more than 100 people, with plans to interview them.

Police investigations are ongoing.

The growers association released a statement acknowledging the reports.

"Our investigation is still open, we're not going to get into speculation".

In another case on Thursday, Queensland mother Angela Stevenson nearly gave one of the contaminated fruit to her 12-month-old daughter.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

'Please be careful': NSW mum finds needles in strawberries