Needles found in more Australian strawberries, A$100k reward offered

Aussies need to dice up their strawberries carefully

"We are now working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook stock is removed from sale", Dr Young said.

"If you have Donnybrook strawberries at home, or are unsure of the brand, you should return them to the store or throw them away", Young said.

Australians have been warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit.

"We are working closely with our local and interstate counterparts as the investigation continues and are committed to keeping the public informed as this progresses". "It is a very, very broad picture and we can't speculate in any way, shape or form", said Terry Lawrence, Queensland acting chief superintendent.

The Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis brands of strawberries are believed to be affected, according to the police, who said the contaminated fruit appeared to have originated at a Queensland-based supplier.

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.

A police spokesman said that in this instance, there were no injuries as a result of the contamination.

NSW Police said in a statement late Friday that it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat as the products have yet to be forensically examined.

An update on the investigation was released amid what authorities said was thought to be a "copycat incident" and provided a photo in relation to it.

Empty shelves, normally stocked with strawberry punnets, are seen at a Coles in Brisbane on Friday.

Three punnets of Donnybrook strawberries have also been sabotaged.

Police believe it may be the work of a former employee.

On Wednesday, Queensland police announced they were investigating a suspected copycat incident after a metal rod was discovered on top of strawberries inside a plastic punnet at a Coles store in Gatton.

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