No import of Australian strawberry brands with needle contamination: AVA

Empty shelves normally stocked with strawberry punnets are seen at a Coles Supermarket in Brisbane

Empty shelves normally stocked with strawberry punnets are seen at a Coles Supermarket

Certain brands have been removed from sale.

The concerned consumer handed in the infected product to their local police station after they found the three sharp objects inside the berry.

Police believe it may be the work of a former employee.

On Friday evening, the NSW Police Force said it believed the contamination may affect up to six brands of strawberries - Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries and Oasis.

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"So far, NSW Police Force has received reports of contaminated strawberries purchased at supermarkets at Tweed Heads, Taree, and Wingham", NSW Police said in a statement.

One man has been taken to hospital after swallowing fragments and a nine-year-old boy reportedly found a needle while eating a strawberry, but did not swallow it.

On Thursday, Queensland police announced they were also investigating a suspected copycat incident after a metal rod was discovered on top of strawberries inside a plastic punnet at Coles in Gatton.

Two major supermarkets have pulled their entire strawberry supply from the shelves in most states and territories following the discovery of needles in a number of the fruit.

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'But I would say to people, we produce 800,000 punnets a day and seven needles were found.

A $100,000 reward has since been offered for information on the strawberry saboteur.

Palaszczuk, the Queensland premier, told reporters that "those responsible could face up to 10 years' jail, if not more, for the crimes they are committing".

A police spokesman said that in this instance, there were no injuries as a result of the contamination.

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In Australia, someone is placing sewing needles inside strawberries - endangering those who eat them and sending panic across strawberry markets as prices plummet and government officials scramble to find a culprit.

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