'Please be careful': NSW mum finds needles in strawberries

Supplied  Qld Police The recalled strawberry brands

Supplied Qld Police The recalled strawberry brands

"Driving up to the coast when Hoani van Dorp bites through a strawberry and swallows half a sewing needle".

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

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.

Back in New Zealand, Foodstuff external relations manager Sue Hamilton says ahead of the New Zealand strawberry season kicking off, New World, PAK'nSAVE and Four Square stores are stocking some Australian strawberries.

Those strawberries sold after Thursday are said to have been from a later shipment and are safe from the threat.

He urged anyone who found a needle in a strawberry to call police on 131 444, particularly if they still had the packaging.

Photo from a Facebook Post by Joshua Gane showing the needle he found in a punnet of Woolworths strawberries bought from Strathpine, Queensland on September 9, 2018.

She said the punnets were both Delightful Strawberries branded products.

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

The Berry Licious and Berry Obsession brands have been removed from shelves across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

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A product recall is under way in three states of Australia because sewing needles have been found inside strawberries sold in supermarkets.

She referred to the problem as "an isolated incident" and "sabotage".

The incident, reported at a supermarket in Gatton, involves the discovery of a thin metal object in a punnet of strawberries.

One Queensland man reportedly swallowed half a needle.

"At this time, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association 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 reads.

An investigation is underway as more and more punnets of strawberries are discovered with needles found embedded in them.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said that following today's potential "copycat" incident, people should be "ultra cautious" and cut up any strawberries before consuming them.

Police have been unable to confirm whether the contaminated products are linked to the original contamination in Queensland or a copycat, however they are urging anyone who has purchased contaminated products to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for forensic testing.

Then she instantly realised that she had sent strawberries from the same punnet to school in her older son's packed lunch.

"[Woolworths] takes food safety very seriously", a spokesperson for Woolworths said.

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