Six strawberry brands 'contaminated', as government offers six figure reward

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Police asked anyone who finds a needle in their strawberries to take the punnet their local station.

The confirmed cases happened in Queensland and Victoria, police said, adding that the brands are sold at locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

"The contamination relates to what appears to be sewing needles and pins inserted in strawberries".

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information on the Queensland strawberry saboteur amid fears six brands across four states have been targeted with needle insertion.

Health officials in Australia are warning citizens to cut up strawberries before eating them after people reported finding needles inside the berries.

"As a precaution, Coles is also withdrawing all brands and sizes of Queensland grown strawberry punnets from sale in Coles Supermarkets in all states (except Western Australia), in Coles Express stores and via Coles online", they said in a statement. "It is simply unacceptable".

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

Strawberry prices have dropped around the country.

The needle scare started with the Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook brands, but has since expanded to include three more brands - Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis.

On Thursday, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it had "reason to suspect" a former employee was responsible but police are still investigating.

"We've got to look at this as a whole, it's a very, very broad picture and we can't speculate in any way, shape or form", Queensland Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence told reporters on Friday.

"How could any right-minded person want to put a baby or a child or anybody's health at risk by doing such a terrible act?" she asked.

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