Ex-worker suspected in strawberry needle sabotage

A disgruntled former employee is suspected of sabotaging strawberries with sewing needles in a move that has sparked health alerts in three states.

Health authorities are warning people who have bought strawberries in Queensland, NSW and Victoria to throw suspect punnets out after several incidents of needles being found in strawberries sold at Woolworths.

Queensland Health and police urged people who bought strawberries sold under the brands Berry Obsession and Berry Licious across the eastern seaboard in the past week to throw them out, after three separate incidents in Queensland and Victoria.

Police suspect the ground-down needles were deliberately planted in the punnets, with the culprit intending to cause “grievous bodily harm or other objectives”.

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