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

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

Police have confirmed a fourth case of strawberry contamination in NSW after a Coles customer found pins in three pieces of fruit from a Coles supermarket in Engadine in Sydney's South.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it's likely the affected strawberries were tampered with between the time they were packed and the time they were bought.

Australia's industry development officer Jennifer Rowling said: "It's quite devastating for our growers - they're really upset about it, obviously, because this is their livelihood and someone has taken it upon themselves to do something really nasty".

According to NSW Police six brands are have now been recalled nationally, "Berry Obsession", "Berry Licious", and "Donnybrook Berries", with "Love Berry", "Delightful Strawberries", and "Oasis" added on Friday.

A health warning to throw out or cut up strawberries remains in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia as authorities hunt those responsible.

One man has been taken to hospital after swallowing fragments and a nine-year-old boy reportedly found a needle while eating a strawberry, but did not swallow it.

"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat".

"Until advised, consumers should cut up strawberries before consuming them", Queensland Health later said in a statement posted on Twitter.

WA strawberry growers have urged local shoppers not to avoid their produce after sales plummeted and prices crashed because of the sewing needle contamination in Queensland.

The product is now set to under-go forensic testing at the local police station and authorities work with the supermarket.

Despite the nation-wide fear, strawberry farmers have asked consumers to still purchase strawberries but chop them up the first.

"Police are continuing to liaise with retailers to ensure that all stock from the affected date has been removed from sale".

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