Disgruntled ex-employee blamed for sewing needles found in strawberries

Disgruntled ex-employee blamed for sewing needles found in strawberries

"We then checked the other strawberries and found another sewing needle lodged inside one of them".

Chantal Faugeras posted to Facebook images of strawberries she said were bought from a Coles supermarket on the NSW mid-north coast on Tuesday. "We are now at the ER because he subsequently started experiencing severe abdominal pain", Gane wrote.

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

Donnybrook supplies Coles and Woolworths stores across Australia.

Consumers have been urged to chop up or throw out berries purchased in the past week as police seek a culprit.

"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.

"If someone were to swallow a sewing needle, it could get caught up in their gut", Young told the newspaper.

Police were investigating the possibility of an extortion attempt or someone carrying out a vendetta against the supermarket giant.

Police and health authorities are warning people to cut up strawberries before consuming them after sewing needles were found in punnets of the fruit from a Queensland grower. The two brands can be found in Woolworths and potentially other stores.

Police in Queensland, where the affected strawberries were grown, believe the contamination is deliberate.

"[It's been done] obviously to injure somebody", he said.

Woolworths have said they have taken the contaminated strawberries off the shelves as the investigation continues.

Rowling said reports from people associated with the farm and Queensland Police had indicated a disgruntled former employee might have put the needles in the fruit, but the association was waiting for the police to complete their investigation.

We are working closely with authorities as they investigate this matter.

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.

The contaminated berries are limited to two brands: Berry Obsession and Berry Licious.

Angela Stevenson, a mother of two, bought Berry Obsession strawberries from Woolworths in Gladstone on September 11, ABC reported.

(Facebook) A NSW mum has posted pictures of needles she said she found in strawberries she was eating with her children.

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

Where have people found needles in their strawberries?

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

Several brands of strawberries have been withdrawn.

On Thursday, 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 Coles in Gatton.

"Just cut them up, have a look, it's not going to destroy it", he said.

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