Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

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

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

"I bit straight in - knee-jerk reaction was to swallow - and yeah it wasn't a pleasant surprise", the 21-year-old told Nine Network.

Donnybrook operates three farms on the Sunshine Coast but distributes strawberries throughout Australia, including to Coles.

"The association is waiting on more information from the Queensland Police on this matter and will update the Australian public as news becomes available to us", the QSGA said in a statement on Wednesday.

"[It's been done] obviously to injure somebody", Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the State Crime Command told ABC Australia.

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

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

"He didn't get hurt or anything - didn't get pricked", she said.

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

It's unclear if the Delightful Strawberries brand comes from the same farm or a different region.

"Farmers are really nervous about it, obviously, and devastated something as bad as this would happen to the industry", Ms Rowling said.

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"Just posting this as a warning to anyone that has bought strawberries (Berry Obsessions) from Woolworths recently", Gane wrote on September 9.

Back in New Zealand, Foodstuff external relations manager Sue Hamilton says ahead of the New Zealand strawberry season kicking off, New World, PaK'n'Save and Four Square stores are stocking some Australian strawberries.

Already struggling with low prices, Queensland strawberry growers are imploring customers to stick by their product after sewing needles were discovered in retail stocks of the fruit.

"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.

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.

Those strawberries sold after Thursday are said to have been from a later shipment and are safe from the threat.

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

The supermarket withdrew Berry Obsession and Berrylicious branded strawberries from sale and advised consumers to return these products to their local branch for a full refund.

Customers were also encouraged to cut through any strawberries before they consumed them. If you are in doubt of the brand, throw them out.

Stevenson immediately called her son's school and told them to stop her son from eating the strawberries.

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