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Strawberry crisis widens as SIX brands are now believed to have been sabotaged with sewing needles and pins

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/09/2018 Charlie Coe and Greta Levy For Daily Mail Australia
SHARON, MA - JUNE 20: A 2-quart box is filled to the top with strawberries at Wards Berry Farm in Sharon, MA on June 20, 2018. Every June, thousands of people make their way to the farm to pick strawberries on its several-acre strawberry patch. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) © Getty SHARON, MA - JUNE 20: A 2-quart box is filled to the top with strawberries at Wards Berry Farm in Sharon, MA on June 20, 2018. Every June, thousands of people make their way to the farm to pick strawberries on its several-acre strawberry patch. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

A total of six brands of strawberries have now been pulled from shelves after sewing needles and pins were found hidden inside the fruit.

The contamination is believed to have affected the brands 'Berry Obsession', 'Berry Licious', 'Love Berry', 'Donnybrook Berries', 'Delightful Strawberries', and 'Oasis'. 

These brands are sold in Coles and Woolworths supermarkets across Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

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Police have asked consumers to pull apart the product before they bite in to the berries and take them to their local station if they are affected.

a close up of food: A sixth case of needles being found in strawberries has come to light after a New South Wales mother said she found three pins hidden inside a punnet (one of which pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A sixth case of needles being found in strawberries has come to light after a New South Wales mother said she found three pins hidden inside a punnet (one of which pictured)

This week, a NSW mother discovered three pins hidden inside a punnet and posted it to Facebook. 

Chantal Faugeras made the discovery, which comes after five confirmed contamination cases in Queensland and Victoria, when her 10-year-old daughter bit down onto the sharp piece of metal inside a strawberry on Wednesday. 

Ms Faugeras said she found a further two needles inside the punnet she had bought from Coles in Wingham after she decided to squash the others as a precaution. 

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Ms Faugeras notified others of the discovery in a social media post on Thursday.

Commenters on Ms Faugeras' post were grateful for the mother's heads-up, with one saying they had just bought four packets of strawberries from the same store.

Another said the fruit were still being stocked at the Coles Wingham branch on Friday morning.

a close up of a red fruit: Victoria and police reported a suspected copy-cat incident on Thursday where a small steel rod was found in a punnet in Queensland © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Victoria and police reported a suspected copy-cat incident on Thursday where a small steel rod was found in a punnet in Queensland

Another said: 'Sent my seven-year-old with this brand of strawberries this morning. Just phoned the school after a friend had warned me and the office ladies are onto it thank god. 

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.

The spokesperson said: 'The safety of our customers is our priority and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice.' 

a store filled with lots of food: Supermarkets are working with their suppliers to investigate the incident © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Supermarkets are working with their suppliers to investigate the incident

'Queensland Health has warned people should cut up all strawberries before consuming them.' 

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.

In another case on Thursday, Queensland mother Angela Stevenson almost gave one of the contaminated fruit to her 12-month-old daughter.

a man giving thumbs up: Queensland Police announced they had started an investigation into the contamination of strawberries on Wednesday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Queensland Police announced they had started an investigation into the contamination of strawberries on Wednesday

Two more affected punnets were found by people in Victoria and police reported a suspected copy-cat incident on Thursday where a small steel rod was found in a punnet in Queensland.

Queensland Police announced they had started an investigation into the contamination of strawberries on Wednesday - saying they believed the 'Berry Obsession' and 'Berry Licious' brands were those worst affected.

Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said on Wednesday they suspected 'a disgruntled ex-employee' may be behind the spate of incidents. 

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