The discovery of another needle in a basket of strawberries is prompting investigations into attempts to sabotage fruit throughout Australia.
Another "thin metal object" was found in a basket of strawberries at a supermarket in Gatton, 86 kilometers west of Brisbane on Thursday morning.
Queensland Health issued a statement advising customers to cut their strawberries before consuming them.
The discovery of another needle in a basket of strawberries is awakening research on attempts to sabotage strawberries throughout Australia.
A supermarket employee notified the owner, who then reported the incident to the police, 9News reports.
Police continue to investigate the incident and confirmed a fourth separate contamination incident at Gladstone, 550 kilometers north of Brisbane.
On Wednesday, consumers were urged to throw strawberries purchased in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria after needles were found inside the fruit.
Health officials and police confirmed four incidents of basket contamination that were supplied by a farm in southeastern Queensland.
Authorities investigated the contamination after a man reported swallowing a strawberry with a needle on Sunday.
Needles have been found in packages at two Woolworths stores in Victoria and two more in Queensland with an urgent recall in progress.
Police continue to investigate the incident and confirmed a fourth separate contamination incident in Gladstone, 550 kilometers north of Brisbane.
Joshua Gane was driving with his friend, Haoni van Dorp, on Sunday afternoon, when they entered the Strathpine Center Woolworths, about 20 km north of Brisbane.
When buying a basket of strawberries, the two men left the supermarket and continued driving.
Shortly thereafter, Van Dorp says he bit one and swallowed half of a sewing needle, before the pair found another.
Gane published Facebook's odyssey, along with an image showing a metal pin protruding from a strawberry.
He said they disassembled the rest of the strawberries and found another pin.
He said his friend had to be taken to the emergency room with "severe pain in the abdomen."
A man has posted an image of a sewing needle protruding from a strawberry, claiming that his friend had to be taken to the emergency room after swallowing another on Sunday afternoon
He says that after swallowing the needle, they disarmed the rest of the berries and found another
A former disgruntled employee has been accused of deliberately planting sewing needles in strawberries while thousands of baskets are removed from the market and a man recovers in hospital.
Industrial Development Officer Jennifer Rowling of the Strawberry Growers Association of Queensland issued a statement on Wednesday about the company's suspicions.
"At this time, the Strawberry Growers Association of Queensland has reason to suspect that a disgruntled former employee may have orchestrated the occurrence, where sewing needles were found in several strawberries in Queensland and Victoria," the statement said. .
& # 39; As far as we know, two labels, Berry Licious and Berry Obsession are the only lines affected.
"We will update the Australian public as the news becomes available to us."