The third strawberry brand is remembered after consumers find more needles

Strawberry punnets

A third strawberry brand is retiring after several complaints from consumers who found sewing needles in their baskets, Queensland Health said Friday.

Donnybrook, in addition to Berry Licious and Berry Obsession, will now be removed from the shelves of supermarkets.

At a press conference, Queensland Health said they had received three more reports of strawberries contaminated with needles.

A Facebook publication of a needle found in a strawberry basket.


These are sabotaged strawberries discovered by a mother in New South Wales, in the first instance for that state after a recent scare in Queensland.

Chantal Faugeras posted on Facebook images of strawberries that she says she bought on Tuesday at a Coles supermarket on the north coast of New South Wales.

In the message, Ms. Faugeras says her 10-year-old daughter discovered a pin embedded in a strawberry while eating a basket they had bought at Coles at Wingham.

"We found three pins inside three strawberries," Ms. Faugeras wrote.

"Please be careful and crush them before eating or just take them off."

She said that the baskets were the product of the Delightful Strawberries brand.

Coles said they had been in contact with Ms. Faugeras.

"Coles takes the safety of the food we sell seriously and we are working with our suppliers, the police and state health regulators to investigate," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"The safety of our clients is our priority and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice."

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

It is unclear whether Ms. Faugeras's discovery is related to previous incidents or to a possible impersonator.

On Thursday, Queensland police announced they were investigating a supposed imitation incident after a metal bar was discovered on strawberries inside a plastic basket in a Coles in Gatton.

AAP is seeking confirmation from the NSW police if the latest discovery is under investigation.

Consumers in all three states were urged to cut or throw berries purchased in the last week, as the police look for a culprit in the sabotage.

The Warmuran farm, which supplied the berries with the Berry Obsession and Berry Licious brands, was inspected by Queensland police and Australian border force officials on Thursday.

It is not clear if the Delightful Strawberries brand comes from the same farm or a different region.