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JUST IN | Police Believe Copycat Needle Found In Strawberries In Queensland

Vision Christian Radio JUST IN | Police Believe Copycat Needle Found In Strawberries In Queensland
Conrad Doyle | 16 September, 2018, 20:41

"At this time, (we) have reason to suspect that a disgruntled ex-employee may have orchestrated the occurrence, wherein sewing needles were found in a number of strawberries, in Queensland and Victoria", a statement from the association said.

Customers with either Berry Obsession or Berry Licious strawberries sold in Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria could be included in the recall.

The Queensland farmer whose strawberries were embedded with needles in an apparent sabotage attempt is "devastated", the fruit growers' peak body says.

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.

On Wednesday, 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 store in Gatton.

Queensland Police Service's Detective Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence encouraged anyone with information that could help the investigation to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

"Luckily, in each of those cases, the needles were found within the strawberry by the person who had purchased them when cutting the strawberries, as we had asked them to do", he said.

Authorities in Australia on Thursday said they had four confirmed incidents of "contaminated strawberries" after an individual reportedly discovered a needle inside a berry after taking a bite.

"A lot of the social media that we're seeing, people are being very supportive and really - hopefully - understand that this is an isolated incident", Rowling said.

A Woolworths spokesman said the brand had been "temporarily withdrawn".

He said police are "comfortable" that the issue with the "Berry Obsession" and "Berrylicious" brands had now been resolved, having been taken off the market.

Police are looking at possible copycat contaminators.

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.

"I don't know anything, at this stage, I don't know anything, I'm like you guys, I want to find out".

Aaron said at first they thought it could have been an accident - but quickly realised the needle must have been put there maliciously.

Only weeks ago, some supermarkets dropped the price of strawberries as low as $1 per punnet to help suppliers move tonnes of excess produce. (Facebook) A NSW mum has posted pictures of needles she said she found in strawberries she was eating with her children.

After the Facebook post, the police launched an investigation on September 9. Supt. Lawrence said "we're not agreeing with that at this particular point of time".

"We're not going to get into speculation".

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