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The police have said that six brands of strawberries in Australia are believed to be contaminated with needles and pins, prompting warnings from the authorities to slice the fruit before eating.

Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ confirmed that they would stop importing Australian strawberries to New Zealand as a precautionary measure to keep their customers safe.

Police have said they are investigating after a man claimed he bought a punnet of strawberries in York yesterday morning and found a needle in his sink after preparing them for his family.

THE Queensland Health Department has confirmed a strawberry contaminated by a sewing needle has been discovered in Tweed Heads.

WA-based grower Mal's Black Label strawberries, based in Gingin, 70 kilometres north of Perth, had been drawn into the crisison Sunday when two of their punnets were found containing needles in supermarkets in South Australia.

The dramatic move affects stores in every state except Western Australia.

"This initial $1 million fund will boost consumer confidence through promoting the quality of Queensland strawberries, investigate with industry how to further improve traceability and integrity in the supply chain, and help growers for the remainder of the season, and as the summer strawberry season in the Granite Belt ramps up", Ms Palaszczuk said.

"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", Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Anton said he and his 19-year-old sister called the police immediately, who came and seized the punnet of fruit and needle.


Those brands are known to be sold in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.

It was announced on Monday both Foodstuff and Countdown - both owned by Woolworths and both controlling almost the entire New Zealand grocery market - had stopped sending out Australian strawberries to its stores.

No brands in New Zealand are affected by the recall.

People in the state of Queensland reported finding sewing needles in their fruit last week.

Strawberry brands known to be affected are Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis, Berry Obsession and Berry Licious.

The Strawberry Growers Association of Western Australia has warned that without support, "the industry will be forced to abandon their crops or continue dumping fruit and we may not have a strawberry industry next year", according to the West Australian site.

On Thursday the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association revealed it suspected a disgruntled former employee was behind the contamination.

The small needles have been found totally concealed inside the strawberries, making them very hard to find.

This afternoon South Australian residents were drawn into the contamination scare after the Donnybrook brand of strawberries was found to be impacted.


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