Strawberry crisis deepens: Six brands recalled after more needles found

Australia strawberry scare NZ stock not affected

"It is now believed the contamination may affect six brands of strawberries - Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis", NSW Police said in a statement.

"Farmers are really nervous about it, obviously, and devastated something as terrible as this would happen to the industry", Ms Rowling said.

Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said strawberries would be back on shelves on Thursday and urged people to throw out any frozen fruit or fruit purchased in the past week.

Investigators are looking at "all options and avenues of the packaging and processing of the strawberries", Queensland Police Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence told 9NEWS. "We'd be lucky at the moment to get between $3-4 a kilo", Mr Schultz said. Supt. Lawrence said "we're not agreeing with that at this particular point of time".

"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.

It says the two brands affected, Berry Obsession and Berrylicious, had come from the same farm.

The Stevenson family were shocked to find the strawberries they purchased from Woolworths had been contaiminated with needles.

Health authorities are telling people to ditch any affected berries bought between September 5-8, or cut them open to make sure they are safe to eat.

So far, three incidents have been reported to the police, including one in Queensland and two in Victoria.

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These include Donnybrook strawberries and those sold by the Woolworths Group under the Berry Obsession and Berry Licious names.

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.

NSW Police are also urging anyone who has purchased contaminated product to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for triage and forensic examination.

A thin metal object, possibly another needle, was found in a punnet in Gatton. She said that people can "chop them in half" if they remained concerned about the presence of needles.

"So some of those reports coming in are not something that we would pursue. because we are so early in the stage of each of these reports coming through and how large it is for us to follow each one of them down".

Police are checking every step of the production chain.

Queensland Strawberry Growers industry development officer Jennifer Rowling told Fairfax on Wednesday the industry was reeling this week.

"He obviously bit into it, felt it, pulled it out and told the teacher "there was a needle in my fruit" and everyone was sort of gobsmacked as to why?"

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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