Needles found in Gladstone family's strawberries

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

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

Burpengary man Hoani Hearne was treated in hospital after eating a strawberry with a needle inside.

Donnybrook operates three farms on the Sunshine Coast but distributes strawberries throughout Australia, including to Coles.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has requested retailers withdraw all Donnybrook strawberries through a trade level recall.

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

"We are working closely with our local and interstate counterparts as the investigation continues and are committed to keeping the public informed as this progresses".

He urged anyone who found a needle in a strawberry to provide this to police.

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

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.

Industry sources said the same strawberries were sold in NSW, sparking widespread safety fears.

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".

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

According to the Herald Sun, health officials and police said on September 12 that three punnets of strawberries from Queensland and Victoria had been found to have needles in them-one from Queensland and two from Victoria.

The two brands affected by the original incident, Berry Obsession and Berrylicious, came from the same farm.

It was the first time needles have been discovered in strawberries in NSW after four contaminated punnets were discovered in Queensland and NSW in recent days.

What's going on with the strawberries?

Customers were also encouraged to cut through any strawberries before they consumed them.

One woman wrote on the post: "Sent my 7 year old to school with this brand strawberries this morning". "It makes it hard because you might need to dispose of them earlier, but just cut them up for safety's sake".

Do you know anyone who has found needles in their strawberries?

Australians have been warned to cut strawberries before eating them after sewing needles were found in several punnets, triggering the withdrawal of three brands from sale nationwide.

The incident follows an earlier plea from strawberry farmers for consumers to buy more strawberries as the market suffered a glut of the fresh fruit, dropping prices to A$1 (NZ$1.50) or less.

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