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The health department said strawberries under three brands had been recalled: Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries.

More cases were then revealed in New South Wales and South Australia when police confirmed that contaminated punnets had been bought from supermarkets.

Queensland is a major strawberry producer in a national industry worth more than A$130 million a year.

"This is a very vicious crime and it's a general attack on the public, and it's also an attack on a specific industry", Health Minister Greg Hunt said about the matter.

South Australian Police issued a warning this evening saying that a needle was found in a strawberry purchased from a supermarket in the Adelaide Hills.

The strawberries were produced and packaged in Western Australia.

Queensland mother Angela Stevenson said her nine-year-old son Mason bit into a strawberry with a needle in it, and she found another metal object while cutting up a piece of the fruit to feed to her 12-month-old baby Koby-Rose.

Australian police are investigating claims that needle sabotage has now spread to six brands of strawberries across five states.

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A media spokeswoman for the Police Minister who was at the event said fortunately the Commissioner was aware of the incident.

"Police have liaised with retailers to ensure that all stock is removed from sale", police said.

Woolworths NZ has joined Foodstuffs in halting the distribution of Australian strawberries after sewing needles were found inside the fruit sold in supermarkets across the Tasman.

Young advised residents that all strawberries, regardless of brand, should be cut before they're eaten.

It was announced on Monday both Foodstuff and Countdown - both owned by Woolworths and both controlling almost the entire New Zealand grocery market - had stopped sending out Australian strawberries to its stores.

Food manufacturing plants are said to be equipped with metal detectors, but these are mainly created to identify pieces that may contaminate products accidentally during processing.

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".


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