'Please be careful': NSW mum finds needles in strawberries

'Please be careful': NSW mum finds needles in strawberries

"Driving up the coast when Hoani Hearne bites through a strawberry and swallows half a sewing needle", he wrote.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said that following today's potential "copycat" incident, people should be "ultra cautious" and cut up any strawberries before consuming them.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said there was no evidence of extortion but police inquiries were continuing.

They are working with retailers to remove all stock from the affected date are removed from sale.

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.

"He didn't get hurt or anything - didn't get pricked", she said.

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.

A young boy in Gladstone ended up with a needle in his mouth on Tuesday after taking strawberries to school.

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

SPIKED: Angela Stevenson found this needle embedded in a strawberry she bought from Woolworths Kirkwood.

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Sewing needles have been found hidden inside strawberries sold at Woolworths, sparking a recall of two brands that had been sold in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

The initial brands affected by the contamination, Berry Licious and Berry Obsession, have already been removed from sale and are no longer in market.

"We're keeping a very open mind as to where this may have occurred somewhere between the actual growing of the strawberry through to the end of the production line, including even further through to distribution and going onto the shelves", he said. "It makes it hard because you might need to dispose of them earlier, but just cut them up for safety's sake".

"He obviously bit into it, felt it, pulled it out and told the teacher "there was a needle in my fruit" and everyone was sort of gobsmacked as to why?"

I've purchased strawberries but don't know where they came from.

"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat", NSW Police said in a statement late Friday.

It comes after Queensland Health advised for anyone concerned they may have consumed the contaminated strawberries to contact 13 43 25 84 or speak to their GP immediately.

"Strawberries are a great fruit, and people should continue to buy them, but everyone should simply cut them up".

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

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