Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Needles found in Gladstone family's strawberries

Needles found in Gladstone family's strawberries

Queensland man Hoani Hearne wound up in hospital after swallowing part of a needle and developing severe abdominal pain on Sunday.

Queensland police in Australia issued a photo of a batch of "contaminated strawberries" in connection to what they said they believe is a "copycat incident".

"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.

Photo from a Facebook Post by Joshua Gane showing the needle he found in a punnet of Woolworths strawberries bought from Strathpine, Queensland on September 9, 2018.

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Angela said both she and Aaron were shocked, but thankful that Mason and Koby-Rose were not injured.

"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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"I'd hate to think what could have happened".

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

The mum went back to Woolworths at Kirkwood and showed pictures of the find in her son's fruit.

Her young son had eaten one of the strawberries at school but it had not been tampered with. This is innocent people, kids.

Officers arrived at their house that night and took the punnet and one of the needles as evidence.

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.

He says there is no link between the three most recent cases and the Wamuran farm that sparked an initial health warning after supplying contaminated berries to Queensland, NSW and Victoria under the brand names Berry Obsession and Berry Licious.

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Woolworths said all Berry Obsession and Berrylicious stock had been taken off its shelves as of yesterday morning. They'd been purchased the week prior.

Queensland police and Australian Border Force officers inspected the farm at Wamuran, north of Brisbane, on Thursday where the contaminated berries came from as they hunted for the culprit.

"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. "It makes it hard because you might need to dispose of them earlier, but just cut them up for safety's sake".

Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries, and Oasis are the brands affected.

She added there was no reason to stop eating strawberries but the public needed to be aware of the incident.

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The incident could not come at a worse time for strawberry farmers.

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