'Be ultra cautious': new strawberry alert issued after suspected copycat incident

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

Already struggling with low prices, Queensland strawberry growers are imploring customers to stick by their product after sewing needles were discovered in retail stocks of the fruit.

However, the Donnybrook farm strawberries are sold broadly across the country, in both Coles and Woolworths.

Just posting this as a warning to anyone that has bought strawberries (Berry Obsessions) from Woolworths recently.

Authorities said that the contaminated strawberries-branded Berrylicious and Berry Obsession-came from two farms located next to each other in south-east Queensland.

Ms Faugeras said she found a further two needles inside the punnet she had bought from Coles in Wingham after she made a decision to squash the others as a precaution.

Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have any affected strawberries contact Policelink on 131 444.

She said that with the affected products having been taken off the shelves, the public can now feel safe eating strawberries, adding that the incidents. "We found 3 pins inside 3 strawberries", Ms Faugeras wrote.

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

A Queensland man posted this photo of a strawberry with a needle in it after reporting his friend swallowed one.

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Queensland police confirmed on Thursday a fourth case of needles being discovered inside berries from a Sunshine Coast-based supplier.

Then she instantly realised that she had sent strawberries from the same punnet to school in her older son's packed lunch.

The spokesperson said: 'The safety of our customers is our priority and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice'.

"Queensland Health has found that another brand of strawberries, Donnybrook strawberries, is associated with the contamination".

"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 statement read.

Until the berries have been forensically examined, it is unclear if the NSW discoveries are related to the earlier incidents or is the work of a potential copycat, NSW Police said in a statement.

"The suspected copycat incident, reported at a supermarket in Gatton, involves the discovery of a thin metal object in a punnet of strawberries", police said.

Health officials have urged people purchasing the fruit to be cautious. 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 on Thursday.

Adrian Schultz, vice president of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, told ABC it was a tough time for farmers even before this week's fears emerged.

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