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'Disgruntled Employee' Accused of Putting Sewing Needles in Strawberries: Cops

16 September 2018, 03:14 | Kelvin Horton

Contaminated strawberries, Queensland – update 1 - Queensland Police News

'If in doubt, throw them out': Needles in strawberries prompt warning

Earlier this week news broke of the contamination, believed to have originated at a Queensland-based supplier, after a Brisbane man claimed he had found several small metal needles inside strawberries from a Woolworths store.

In a Facebook post, Joshua Gane said his friend swallowed "half a sewing needle" after biting into a strawberry.

Woolworths has issued a recall of strawberries, asking customers to return strawberries purchased at stores across the country for a refund.

ACT chief health officer Dr Paul Kelly said no contaminated Berry Liscious or Berry Obsession strawberries had been reported in the territory, but encouraged caution.

Police believe the needles may have been deliberately planted with the perpetrator wanting to cause harm.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said this appeared to be a copycat incident, but police are keeping an open mind.

Police hunting for a culprit who put sewing needles in strawberries are investigating whether a disgruntled worker could be to blame.

She had already sent her nine-year-old to school with uncut strawberries, but when cutting more strawberries for her 12-month-old at home, she found a needle. "We'd be lucky at the moment to get between $3-4 a kilo", Mr Schultz said.

"At this time, 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", the organization said in a statement.

It's feared six separate brands of brands of strawberries have been contaminated with needles.


"It wasn't five minutes later they rang back and said it was too late, he'd actually bitten into it", she told 9 News.

She said the punnets were both Delightful Strawberries branded product.

Queensland Health alerted South Australia's health department Friday afternoon advising Donnybrook-branded strawberries had become the third brand of strawberries linked to the contamination.

"Until advised, consumers should cut up strawberries before consuming them", Queensland Health later said in a statement posted on Twitter.

In the post, Ms Faugeras said her 10-year-old discovered a pin embedded in a strawberry while eating a punnet they had bought from the Coles store at Wingham.

So far, three incidents have been reported to the police, including one in Queensland and two in Victoria.

"If you are in doubt, just throw them out". Any strawberries bought from 13 September are safe.

"I know that farmers that are still going would appreciate the support by the public".

Stevenson immediately called her son's school and told them to stop her son from eating the strawberries.

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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