Australian officials warn of needle danger for 6 strawberry brands

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

Spiked strawberries have surfaced in Sydney, with a horrified shopper finding needles stuck inside three pieces of the fruit.

NSW Police said in statement: "These brands are believed to be sold in stores in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory".

Queensland Police are now heading an investigation aimed at tracking down the source of the needles.

It is believed the consumer had purchased the brand "Delightful" but returned it after a pin was found sticking out of the fruit, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Certain brands have been removed from sale.

Queensland Health confirmed to ten daily it was investigating three brands, "Berry Obsession", "Berry Licious", and "Donnybrook Berries", after seven "credible" cases of contamination.

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

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"We really need the WA public to support local growers, because if they don't buy our strawberries, many may not be able to put in crops next year", he said.

Empty shelves, normally stocked with strawberry punnets, are seen at a Coles Supermarket in Brisbane on Friday.

Queensland is a major strawberry producer in a national industry worth more than A$130 million a year.

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

"Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia - they are putting an entire industry at risk", Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Saturday.

ABC reported that as consumers have shied away from purchasing the fruit over fears it will be contaminated with needles, farmers have ended up throwing out mass quantities of the strawberries they can't sell.

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