Australia Warns Consumer to Cut Strawberries After Needles Found Inside Some Samples

Australian authorities are warning its citizens against eating certain brands of strawberries after some have been found to contain hidden sewing needles inside.

"We've got to look at this as a whole, it's a very, very broad picture and we can't speculate in any way, shape or form", Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence said.

Chantal Faugeras said she found three needles after buying the fruit from Wingham Coles, on the mid-north coast.

"If you have Donnybrook strawberries at home, or are unsure of the brand, you should return them to the store or throw them away", Young said.

The discovery comes after five other cases of needles being found in the fruit - including one on Sunday where a man was admitted to hospital after swallowing half a sewing needle.

West Australians are shunning strawberries in the wake of the needle contamination scare in Queensland, sending prices crashing and forcing farmers to dump tonnes of unwanted produce.

NSW Police have so far received reports of contaminated strawberries bought from supermarkets in Tweed Heads, Taree and Wingham.

She said they were from a punnet of Delightful Strawberries.

That includes Berry Obsession and Berry Licious strawberries.

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

Police began looking into the potentially risky berries after a Facebook user on Saturday wrote that their friend took a bite of a strawberry and ate "half a sewing needle", according to the Palm Beach Post.

The contamination is believed to have affected the brands Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook.

Police have urged consumers who have bought an affected punnet to take it to police for forensic examination. "Just phoned the school after a friend had warned me & the office ladies are straight onto it thank god", another said.

In a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia, a Coles spokesperson said they were working with their suppliers, police and health regulators to investigate the incident.

"As a precaution, Coles is also withdrawing all brands and sizes of Queensland grown strawberry punnets from sale in Coles Supermarkets in all states (except Western Australia), in Coles Express stores and via Coles online", they said in a statement.

"The safety of our customers is our top priority and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice".

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