New Zealand chain halts Australian strawberries over needles fear

Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside

Warning over needles in strawberries

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told media on Saturday investigators were doing "everything they possibly can" to find those responsible for the tampering, and pleaded with the public to come forward if they knew any information.

NSW Police and Queensland Police are investigating whether the latest needles found in strawberries are the work of a copycat, or related to the original incidents.

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

Both of New Zealand's biggest supermarket chains decided on Monday to halt Australian strawberry orders for now, even though the country's Ministry of Primary Industries confirmed none of the contaminated strawberry brands had made it on to shop shelves.

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Needles or pins have been found by consumers in six states and territories: NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Earlier that day, a customer in South Australia also made the discovery while eating fruit from a punnet of Mal's Black Label strawberries, police said.

A nationwide recall is now in place for six strawberry brands.

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Woolworths Group has removed all the affected brands from shelves in its supermarkets, but continues to sell other varieties of the fruit.

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The strawberries were produced and packaged in Western Australia.

A Queensland man posted this photo of a needle in a strawberry after reporting his friend swallowed one last Sunday.

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

A 62-YEAR-OLD woman is speaking to police after a banana was allegedly contaminated with a metal object at a Maryborough supermarket.

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There are approximately 150 strawberry growers in Queensland, producing up to 15,000 tonnes of fruit per season - around 60 million punnets of strawberries.

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