Strawberry crisis deepens: Six brands recalled after more needles found

Supplied  Qld Police The recalled strawberry brands

Supplied Qld Police The recalled strawberry brands

It comes after NSW police confirmed they had received community reports of contaminated strawberries in state stores.

But as anxious customers throw their berries in the bin, the heartbreaking effect of the major recall on Aussie farmers has been laid bare.

"I mean farmers are struggling enough as it is without people boycotting strawberries altogether!"

"It's just a frightful situation for everyone, not just the farmer involved".

Both Angela and Aaron agreed it would not stop them from buying strawberries in the future.

A mother of three in Gladstone also found two needles in a punnet while cutting up the fruit.

"We brought 2 punnets from Wingham Coles".

Police investigations are ongoing.

Mr Tran says he just wants answers like everyone else.

Police began looking into the potentially risky berries after a Facebook user on Saturday wrote that their friend took a bite of a strawberry and ate "half a sewing needle", according to the Palm Beach Post.

"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.

"A lot of growers are feeling the pressure at this time of year".

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

"We are in the early stages of the investigation", he said.

Meanwhile, police are looking at possible copycat attempts to sabotage strawberries across Australia's east coast after a metal rod was found placed in a package in Queensland.

The needle was found in a strawberry punnet purchased at Coles Gatton today.

Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence says its a complex operation, because the industry provides more than 250,000 punnets of strawberries in Queensland alone in a five-day period.

Police believe the incident is a copycat.

It was the fifth shocking incident to be reported this week.

In a Facebook post, Joshua Gane said his friend swallowed "half a sewing needle" after biting into a strawberry.

While no cases of contaminated strawberries have been detected in South Australia, health authorities issued an immediate recall.

"Farmers are really nervous about it, obviously, and devastated something as bad as this would happen to the industry", Ms Rowling said.

"Luckily he'd pulled it back out of his mouth", Stevenson said. (Facebook) A NSW mum has posted pictures of needles she said she found in strawberries she was eating with her children.

The strawberries believed to have contained the needle that injured Hoani Hearne was reportedly sold at a supermarket in Brisbane.

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.

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