Sewing needles have been found DELIBERATELY hidden inside strawberries

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"We have withdrawn Berry Obsession and Berrylicious branded strawberries from sale while this incident is being investigated".

"This one, we found 3 pins inside 3 strawberries". The individual ultimately received medical care, the Facebook post said. The supplier, police and health and safety officials have also been contacted.

Aaron said at first they thought it could have been an accident - but quickly realised the needle must have been put there maliciously.

A New South Wales mother has also come forward, after finding needles hidden in a punnet of strawberries bought from a Coles supermarket.

"If someone were to swallow a sewing needle, it could get caught up in their gut", Young told the newspaper.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Australian authorities earlier this week asked people to dispose of strawberries purchased from Woolworths Group if they bore the brand of Berry Licious or Berry Obsession after three punnets were discovered to include fruit embedded with sewing needles. The two brands can be found in Woolworths and potentially other stores.

Queensland acting Chief Superintendent, Terry Lawrence, from the State Crime Command, said police believed the contamination was deliberate and was aimed at hurting someone.

"[It's been done] obviously to injure somebody", he said.

Investigations are underway after another strawberry contamination case has been reported in Townsville, in north Queensland.

"At this time, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association have reason to suspect that a disgruntled ex-employee may have orchestrated the occurrence, wherein sewing needles were found in a number of strawberries in Queensland and Victoria", the statement reads.

Authorities issued urgent warnings for any Australian customers who had purchased strawberries within the last week to return their products to the point of purchase or throw them out. "We're keeping a very open mind as to where this may have occurred".

Police are now interviewing what could end up being around 100 staff from the two affected farms, the ABC reported.

A nine-year old boy bit into a contaminated fruit but did not swallow.

"We'd just really love for consumers to see what it is and hopefully it doesn't affect the consumption of strawberries too much".

Take them back for a refund.

Stevenson felt thankful that she didn't just "pull the head off" and give it to her 12-month-old completely whole.

Dr Young said that any strawberries bought from September 13 are safe. She said that people can "chop them in half" if they remained concerned about the presence of needles.

"We're fairly confident if people do come forward with a needle in a strawberry, particularly with the packaging, that will provide us with some information", he said.

Angela agreed and said it was "pure luck" the situation had not turned out worse.

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