Needle in Strawberry Sends Young Man to Hospital

Needle in Strawberry Sends Young Man to Hospital

The discovery of sewing needles hidden inside strawberries has prompted a food recall in Queensland.

A couple in Gladstone found a needle inserted into a strawberry on Tuesday, after their nine-year-old son bit into the booby-trapped fruit.

The Warmuran farm which supplied the berries under the brand names Berry Obsession and Berry Licious, was inspected by Queensland police and Australian Border Force officers yesterday.

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

"It was lying on top of the strawberries", Detective Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said.

"We are working closely with our local and interstate counterparts as the investigation continues and are committed to keeping the public informed as this progresses".

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

Police suspect a disgruntled former employee sabotaged the strawberries with the sewing needles.

The strawberries believed to have contained the needle that injured Hoani Hearne was reportedly sold at a supermarket in Brisbane.

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

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.

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The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association believes a disgruntled farm worker may be responsible but police say they are investigating all aspects of the strawberry transit process.

ANOTHER case of needles in strawberries has come to light after a woman bought punnets from Wingham Coles in New South Wales.

The complaint spurred an investigation from Queensland authorities, after it was revealed the two contaminated brands were sold in stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.

"Please be careful and crush them up before eating or just chuck them out".

Queensland mum Angela Stevenson told Sunrise she discovered a sewing needle when she was cutting up fruit for her child.

"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.

"We just really want to reinforce that it was one farm that's been affected - the two labels within the one farm, and all those strawberries have been pulled off the shelves", she has told ABC radio.

Police warned consumers to dispose or return punnets of two brands of strawberries.

Authorities said on September 13 that they believe that they had mitigated enough risk for customers to buy strawberries again, as all stock had been replaced.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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