'We could be finished': Strawberry sabotage devastates growers

'We could be finished': Strawberry sabotage devastates growers

'We could be finished': Strawberry sabotage devastates growers

Queensland Health alerted South Australia's health department Friday afternoon advising Donnybrook-branded strawberries had become the third brand of strawberries linked to the contamination.

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.

Chantal Faugeras said three needles were found in three strawberries when her 10-year-old child tried to eat them.

"[It's been done] obviously to injure somebody", Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the State Crime Command told ABC Australia.

The group added it was waiting on more information from Queensland Police and will update the public as news becomes available.

"Any strawberries bought from 13 September are safe and any strawberries that you are certain are not the brands Berry Licious and Berry Obsession are safe", Dr Young said.

The frantic mum called the school to ask them to throw the fruit away.

A Woolworths spokesman said the brand had been "temporarily withdrawn".

"They suspect it is foul play, but unsure whether it was via the supplier, Woolworths or a customer", Gane said.

The initial brands affected by the contamination, Berry Licious and Berry Obsession, have already been removed from sale and are no longer in market.

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"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.

It came as a NSW mother said she found more sabotaged strawberries, in the first instance for that state following the recent scares in Queensland.

At least three cases have been reported, not including what is believed to be a copycat case in Gatton reported today.

The needle found in one strawberry last weekend.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association believes a disgruntled farm worker may be responsible but police say they are investigating all aspects of the strawberry transit process.

On Thursday, police said they feared there may be copycat culprits as a needle was found in another batch of strawberries.

Police were investigating the possibility of an extortion attempt or someone carrying out a vendetta against the supermarket giant.

One Queensland man reportedly swallowed half a needle.

"As with all farmers who produce food for our nation, strawberry growers strive to ensure the quality, security and freshness of their produce and these spiteful incidents have been extremely disheartening and troubling", the association wrote in a statement.

On Wednesday, a Queensland woman narrowly avoided feeding contaminated strawberries to her son, posting photos of the fruit online.

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