Sabotaged strawberries have been discovered by a NSW mother, in the first instance for that State following a recent scare in Queensland.
Chantal Faugeras posted to Facebook images of strawberries she says she bought from a Coles supermarket on the NSW mid-north coast on Tuesday.
In the post Ms Faugeras says her 10-year-old discovered a pin embedded in a strawberry while eating a punnet they had bought from the Coles at Wingham.
“We found 3 pins inside 3 strawberries,” Ms Faugeras wrote.
“Please be careful and crush them up before eating or just chuck them out.”
She said the punnets were both Delightful Strawberries branded product.
It’s the first time needles have been discovered in strawberries in NSW after four contaminated punnets were discovered in Queensland and Victoria in recent days.
The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association believes a disgruntled farm worker may be responsible but police say they are investigating all aspects of the strawberry transit process.
It’s unclear if Ms Faugeras’ discovery is related to the earlier incidents or a potential copycat.
On Thursday Queensland police announced they were investigating a suspected copycat incident after a metal rod was discovered on top of strawberries inside a plastic punnet at a Coles in Gatton.
AAP is seeking confirmation from NSW police whether the latest discovery is under investigation.
Consumers across all three States have been urged to chop up or throw out berries purchased in the past week as police seek a culprit for the sabotage.
The Warmuran farm which supplied the berries under the brand names Berry Obsession and Berry Licious was inspected by Queensland police and Australian Border Force officers on Thursday.
It’s unclear if the Delightful Strawberries brand comes from the same farm or a different region.