Six berry brands linked to needle sabotage

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Authorities say there are other reported cases of sabotaged strawberries that are yet to be confirmed, and South Australian consumers have also been warned to discard Donnybrook-branded strawberries.

The farms are not related to the farm packaging strawberries under the Berry Licious and Berry Obsession brands which was hit with a needle crisis earlier in the week.

The 21 year old was taken into hospital with "severe abdominal pain" after swallowing half a needle inside a strawberry on Sunday.

NSW Police said: "So far, NSW Police Force has received reports of contaminated strawberries purchased at supermarkets at Tweed Heads, Taree, and Wingham".

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.

'We will update the Australian public as news becomes available to us'.

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

In a follow-up statement released on Facebook Thursday, the group said the strawberries were seemingly "interfered with between the time they were packed and the time they were purchased".

A Woolworths spokesman said the brand had been "temporarily withdrawn".

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

The initial reports suggested that it was originally only the Berrylicious and Berry Obsession brands from Woolworths which were affected.

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Already struggling with low prices, strawberry growers are imploring customers to keep buying their fruit after sewing needles were discovered in punnets.

"I don't know, because the problem is there's so many people handling the fruit all the time, and packing, so I can not say where it happened", he told a Channel 9 reporter.

The store manager subsequently contacted them and issued a recall, as well as contacting police and health officials.

"For other brands, our advice is all strawberries should be cut up before they are eaten", Young said.

Jennifer Rowling of the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association said she believed the strawberries had been "interfered with".

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

After the Facebook post, the police launched an investigation on September 9.

"This one, we found 3 pins inside 3 strawberries".

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

"Coles takes the safety of the food we sell seriously and we are working with our suppliers, police and state health regulators to investigate", a spokesperson said in a statement.

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