Police investigating after needles found in Australian strawberries

Police investigating after needles found in Australian strawberries

She said that people can "chop them in half" if they remained concerned about the presence of needles.

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

"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.

Chantal Faugeras posted on Facebook that she purchased the punnet from Wingham Coles on Wednesday, with three needles found inside three strawberries.

"It's quite safe to buy them but just cut them up and check there isn't anything in there that shouldn't be in there", she said.

Neither Queensland police or Queensland Health confirmed Ms Faugeras' claims in their press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Queensland Police and Queensland Health held a joint press conference announcing the two affected strawberry brands, Berry Obsession and Berry Licious, have been completely removed from Queensland supermarket shelves. "The contamination relates to what appears to be needles inserted in strawberries".

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

"Driving up to the coast when Hoani van Dorp bites through a strawberry and swallows half a sewing needle".

"And told the teacher there was a needle in his strawberry".

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The six brands are believed to be sold in stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, police said.

An investigation is also underway after an employee at a Coles supermarket in Gatton discovered a small metal rod laying across the top of some strawberries inside a plastic punnet on Thursday. It was treated as a copycat incident.

People in possession of the brands in question should refrain from using them and strawberries from other companies "should be cut up" for safe measure, police said in the update, quoting Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young.

"People are contacting us out of concern and saying: 'This is what I've got, what do you think?'", he said.

They are sold at Woolworths and possibly other outlets.

Jennifer Rowling of the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association said she believed the strawberries had been "interfered with".

Police have been investigating at the Berrylicious and Berry Obsession farms.

"As with all farmers who produce food for our nation, strawberry growers strive to ensure the quality, security and freshness of their produce and these spiteful incidents have been extremely disheartening and troubling", the association wrote in a statement. Supt. Lawrence said "we're not agreeing with that at this particular point of time".

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

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