Six strawberry brands now affected after needle tampering

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

The Queensland farmer whose strawberries were embedded with needles in an apparent sabotage attempt is "devastated", the fruit growers' peak body says.

We are working closely with authorities as they investigate this matter.

"We then checked the other strawberries and found another sewing needle lodged inside one of them".

In a follow-up statement released on Facebook Thursday, the group said the strawberries were seemingly "interfered with between the time they were packed and the time they were purchased".

Police are making inquiries into a suspected copycat incident as part of the investigation into the contamination of strawberries in Queensland.

"A lot of the social media that we're seeing, people are being very supportive and really - hopefully - understand that this is an isolated incident", Rowling said.

"People can go back and buy the strawberries they normally buy, from anywhere", she said.

Joshua Gane said that he and his friend Hoani van Dorp had bought a punnet of "Berry Obsession" strawberries from the Woolworths in Strathpine Centre.

Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence said people responsible for contaminating the fruit could be charged with maliciously causing grievous bodily harm.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the contaminated brands came from a farm in south-east Queensland, and were sold to Woolworths, but could also have been distributed to other stores.

Queensland chief health officer Jeanette Young has also given a fresh warning - advising anyone who bought Berrylicious and Berry Obsession strawberries in Queensland, NSW or Victoria early last week to cut them in half before eating them.

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If concerned, throw away any strawberries and seek medical attention from your GP if you're experiencing pain.

A thin metal object, possibly another needle, was found in a punnet in Gatton.

"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".

On Friday, Queensland Health announced strawberries from Donnybrook farms, north of Brisbane, were being pulled from supermarket shelves after three incidents - two on Thursday, and one on Friday.

She said the punnets were both Delightful Strawberries branded product.

Police warned consumers to dispose or return punnets of two brands of strawberries.

Det. Supt. Lawrence said officers were now identifying past and present employees of the two farms concerned, which involves more than 100 people, with plans to interview them.

After the Facebook post, the police launched an investigation on September 9. "We're not agreeing with that at all at this particular point in time; our investigation is still open", he said.

"We're not going to speculate at this stage".

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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