Six strawberry brands now affected after needle tampering

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It also supplies to stores in New South Wales.

Last night the supermarket giant was scrambling to ensure any sabotaged punnets from the Berry Licious and Berry Obsession labels had been pulled from shelves after three customers said they found needles in strawberries in Queensland and Victoria.

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.

Hoani Hearne, 21, was rushed to the hospital Sunday with "severe abdominal pains", according to a friend, Joshua Gane, who posted about the incident on Facebook.

Contaminated strawberries were also found in Yarram and Ballarat, in Victoria, prompting urgent recalls of the two brands in Queensland, NSW and 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.

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The group added it was waiting on more information from Queensland Police and will update the public as news becomes available.

Those strawberries sold after Thursday are said to have been from a later shipment and are safe from the threat. "They went through the green top and half way thru strawberry so if you ate whole would not know", she said.

She said the punnets were both Delightful Strawberries branded products.

Coles said they had been in contact with Ms Faugeras.

"We have withdrawn Berry Obsession and Berry Licious branded strawberries from sale while this incident is being investigated with our suppliers".

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association suspects a disgruntled ex-employee is behind the sewing needles found inside strawberries that has sparked a recall across three Australian states.

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She said that people can "chop them in half" if they remained concerned about the presence of needles.

The first reported cases of contaminated strawberries were sold at Woolworths supermarkets in Queensland, NSW, and Victoria.

While the needles found in the initial attack had been inserted inside the fruit, the latest punnet had a metal rod placed inside the punnet, which had been purchased by a staff member on Thursday morning.

But Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said just be ultra-cautious before eating them, no matter where you buy them from.

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

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

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The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association believes a disgruntled farm worker may be responsible but police say they are investigating all aspects of the strawberry transit process.

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