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Strawberries sold in Woolworths found with sewing needles embedded inside

By Allyson Horn Police and health authorities are investigating after sewing needles were found inside strawberries sold at Woolworths, which police believe were inserted deliberately "to injure somebody".Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has advised anyone who bought two brands of strawberries — Berrylicious and Berry Obsession — since the start of last week in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, to throw them out.She said the contaminated brands came from a farm in south-east Queensland."If they do have any strawberries it would be safest to dispose of them," Dr Young said.She said three incidents have been reported to...


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