'Disgruntled Employee' Accused of Putting Sewing Needles in Strawberries: Cops

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"Driving up to the coast when Hoani van Dorp bites through a strawberry and swallows half a sewing needle".

The Donnybrook supplier owns three farms in south-east Queensland and supplies to both Coles and Woolworths.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said anyone else who had bought the brands of strawberries without signs of tampering should return them to the store or throw them away.

"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat".

An update on the investigation was released amid what authorities said was thought to be a "copycat incident" and provided a photo in relation to it.

The disturbing discovery was made by a Coles employee who saw the unsafe object inside a punnet of strawberries at a shop in Gatton, west of Brisbane yesterday.

She said she had reported it to police, who collected the fruit on Wednesday night.

The association has previously said it believes a disgruntled former farm worker may be responsible, but police say they are investigating all aspects of the strawberry transit process.

"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.

SPIKED: Angela Stevenson found this needle embedded in a strawberry she bought from Woolworths Kirkwood.

There are fresh warnings that more brands of strawberries could be contaminated with sewing needles.

Investigators said there are four contamination incidents, two each in Queensland and Victoria.

Sewing needles have been found hidden inside strawberries sold at Woolworths, sparking a recall of two brands that had been sold in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

One woman wrote on the post: "Sent my 7 year old to school with this brand strawberries this morning".

Those strawberries sold after Thursday are said to have been from a later shipment and are safe from the threat.

"We have not been notified of any cases of contaminated strawberries in South Australia; however, if people have Donnybrook strawberries at home or are unsure of the brand, they should be returned to the place of purchase, or discarded".

"Please be careful and crush them up before eating or just chuck them out".

"I know that farmers that are still going would appreciate the support by the public".

Queensland Health issued advice applicable to all strawberries, saying the fruit is safe to purchase but until advised, consumers should cut them up before consumption.

"We just really want to reinforce that it was one farm that's been affected - the two labels within the one farm, and all those strawberries have been pulled off the shelves", she has told ABC radio.

Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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