'If in doubt, throw them out': Needles in strawberries prompt warning

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The Queensland farmer and owner of the Berrylicious and Berry Obsession brands has seen his company's name splashed all over the national news alongside horror stories of sickening discoveries inside his fruit.

Hoani Hearne, 21, was rushed to the hospital Sunday with "severe abdominal pains", according to a friend, Joshua Gane, who posted about the incident on Facebook.

So far four contaminated punnets have been found - two in Queensland and two in Victoria.

Investigators are looking at "all options and avenues of the packaging and processing of the strawberries", Queensland Police Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence told 9NEWS.

"The association is waiting on more information from the Queensland Police on this matter and will update the Australian public as news becomes available to us", the QSGA said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

"I now say given that there's been these additional incidents, unrelated to that particular product, my advice is to be ultra cautious and simply cut up those strawberries before consuming them".

Dr Young said she was particularly anxious about those who may have frozen the strawberries for use later and may not still have the packaging.

"It wasn't five minutes later they rang back and said it was too late, he'd actually bitten into it".

It comes as products sold by Sunshine Coast supplier Donnybrook were pulled from supermarket shelves earlier in the day following the discovery of needles in three punnets of fruit on Thursday and Friday.

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She said that people can "chop them in half" if they remained concerned about the presence of needles.

The Queensland Police Service said it was investigating the contamination relating to sewing needles inserted in strawberries.

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

Police investigations are ongoing.

Angela Stevenson, a mother of two, bought Berry Obsession strawberries from Woolworths in Gladstone on September 11, ABC reported.

The store manager subsequently contacted them and issued a recall, as well as contacting police and health officials.

Queensland mum Angela Stevenson discovered her strawberries, which she had given to her son for school lunch, were contaminated after cutting into metal.

Lawrence also encouraged people to check strawberries before they are consumed.

Woolworths said it takes food safety very seriously and is working closely with authorities as they investigate.

"Police are urging the community to check their strawberries after what appears to be sewing needles were located in two punnets in Yarram and Sebastopol", says a statement released by Queensland Police yesterday.

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