Sewing needles have been found DELIBERATELY hidden inside strawberries

'If in doubt, throw them out': Needles in strawberries prompt warning

All punnets have been recalled.

"We could be finished by the weekend", he said.

Australians have been warned to cut strawberries before eating them after sewing needles were found in several punnets, triggering the withdrawal of three brands from sale nationwide.

"I said I need you to stop him from eating the strawberries".

"We are now working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook stock is removed from sale", Dr Young said.

"[It's been done] obviously to injure somebody", Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the State Crime Command told ABC Australia.

Gane posted the ordeal to Facebook, along with a picture that shows a metal pin poking out of a strawberry.

Queensland Police announced they had started an investigation into the contamination of strawberries on Wednesday - saying they believed the "Berry Obsession" and "Berry Licious" brands were those worst affected.

Authorities are continuing to liaise with retailers to ensure that all stock from the affected date have been removed from sale.

It comes after Queensland Health advised for anyone concerned they may have consumed the contaminated strawberries to contact 13 43 25 84 or speak to their GP immediately.

"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat".

A sixth case of needles being found in strawberries has come to light after a New South Wales mother discovered three pins hidden inside a punnet.

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Joshua Gane said that he and his friend Hoani van Dorp had bought a punnet of "Berry Obsession" strawberries from the Woolworths in Strathpine Centre.

The major scare has not only damaged his farm's reputation, but also the entire strawberry industry which is suffering because of low prices.

Six brands of strawberries are believed to have been targeted in a needle sabotage spanning four states, with police unsure if it is the same ploy or a copycat.

While the problem first emerged on Sunday, authorities only issued warnings yesterday after two more contamination incidents emerged in Victoria late on Tuesday night.

In case you missed the news, there have been seven confirmed cases now of strawberries with needles found in them.

Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young said anyone else who had bought the brands of strawberries without signs of tampering should return them to the store or throw them away.

Det. Supt. Lawrence said officers were now identifying past and present employees of the two farms concerned, which involves more than 100 people, with plans to interview them.

"At this time, have reason to suspect that a disgruntled ex-employee may have orchestrated the occurrence, wherein sewing needles were found in a number of strawberries, in Queensland and Victoria", the statement read.

Police have released a photo in relation to the suspected copycat incident and continue to investigate it.

"We're not going to speculate at this stage. We're keeping a very open mind as to where this may have occurred".

In another case on Thursday, Queensland mother Angela Stevenson nearly gave one of the contaminated fruit to her 12-month-old daughter.

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