Urgent recall issued for strawberries following needle discovery

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A disgruntled former employee is believed to be to blame.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association has issued an urgent recall of its strawberries after sewing needles were found in a number of their products.

Police and Queensland Health have warned consumers to dispose or return punnets of two brands, Berry Licious and Berry Obsession, sold in Woolworths across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

The company have revealed that they have "reason to suspect" it was a former employee.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has told ABC News that 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.

"If they do have any strawberries it would be safest to dispose of them," she said.


Dr. Young also said three incidents have been reported to police, including one in Queensland and two in Victoria.

"One person did consume a contaminated strawberry and they're being assessed at the moment," she said.

Another individual in Brisbane's northside posted to Facebook claiming his friend swallowed "half a sewing needle"

"We are now at the ER because he subsequently started experiencing severe abdominal pain," the user wrote.

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Written By Ally Parker
Sydney Airport

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