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Australians told to chop strawberries as police investigate needles found in fruit

15 September 2018

"For all other brands, our advice remains that you can continue to eat strawberries, but you should cut them up before eating".

The confirmed cases happened in Queensland and Victoria, police said, adding that the brands are sold at locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

A Queensland man posted this photo of a strawberry with a needle in it after reporting his friend swallowed one.

Police have been investigating this week after sewing needles were found in strawberries sold in Victoria and Queensland but the crisis has now spread to NSW, ACT and South Australia.

"If you have Donnybrook strawberries at home, or are unsure of the brand, you should return them to the store or throw them away".

"At this stage, please cut them up and just look to make sure they haven't been contaminated", she said.

Other cases of strawberry contamination have so far been identified in NSW in Tweed Heads, Taree and Wingham, as well as in Queensland in the suburbs of Everton Park and the Redbank plains.

This week, a NSW mother discovered three pins hidden inside a punnet and posted images to Facebook.

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Coles said they had been in contact with Faugeras.

In a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia, a Coles spokesperson said they were working with their suppliers, police and health regulators to investigate the incident.

Fruit sold under Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook brands have been affected, while New South Wales police warn fruit sold under the Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis brands were inserted with needles by a possible copycat.

"As with all farmers who produce food for our nation, strawberry growers strive to ensure the quality, security and freshness of their produce and these spiteful incidents have been extremely disheartening and troubling", the association said.

(From left) Queensland chief health officer Jeanette Young and Acting Chief Superintendent of state crime command Terry Lawrence address the media regarding the strawberry contamination.

Police have urged consumers who have bought an affected punnet to take it to police for forensic examination.

Police are also investigating a copycat saboteur after a Coles employee at a Gatton store, about 90 kilometres west of Brisbane, found a "small silver rod" on top of strawberries in a punnet.

Australians told to chop strawberries as police investigate needles found in fruit