Third strawberry brand sabotaged, prompting nationwide recall

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ANOTHER case of needles in strawberries has come to light after a woman bought punnets from Wingham Coles in New South Wales.

He says there is no link between the three most recent cases and the Wamuran farm that sparked an initial health warning after supplying contaminated berries to Queensland, NSW and Victoria under the brand names Berry Obsession and Berry Licious.

A Queensland man posted on Facebook that his friend had swallowed half a sewing needle after eating a strawberry from Woolworths on September 9.

In Queensland's Gladstone, a 9-year-old boy bit into a strawberry with a needle in it, but thankfully wasn't pricked.

Police from both Queensland and Victoria are now investigating across three states to find the people responsible, the ABC reported.

"We're fairly confident if people do come forward with a needle in a strawberry, particularly with the packaging, that will provide us with some information", he said.

"Yesterday, I said anyone that had bought those products since the start of last week needed to dispose of them", Dr Jeanette Young said on Thursday.

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

Several brands of strawberries have been withdrawn.

Investigators have also now confirmed a fourth contamination incident as having occurred in a punnet of strawberries.

Earlier this week sewing needles were found hidden inside strawberries sold at Woolworths, sparking a recall of two brands that had been sold in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Police have released a photo in relation to the suspected copycat incident and continue to investigate it.

A disgruntled former worker in Australia has been accused of purposely putting sewing needles in strawberries, according to police.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Lawrence said officers were looking into unconfirmed reports of contamination involving other strawberry brands.

It's feared six separate brands of brands of strawberries have been contaminated with needles.

Jennifer Rowling of the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association said she believed the strawberries had been "interfered with".

Police have been unable to confirm whether the contaminated products are linked to the original contamination in Queensland or a copycat, however they are urging anyone who has purchased contaminated products to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for forensic testing.

Police said an employee bought a punnet of strawberries at Coles and found a silver rod inside.

" Coles takes the safety of the food we sell seriously and we are working with our suppliers, police and state health regulators to investigate", a spokesperson said in a statement.The safety of our customers is our priority and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice.