No import of Australian strawberry brands with needle contamination: AVA

The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has issued the reward over concerns for growers as well as consumers. "We have to come together".

He says there is no link between the Donnybrook berry contamination and the Berry Obsession and Berry Licious cases.

Queensland Police are now heading an investigation aimed at tracking down the source of the needles.

A Queensland man posted this photo of a strawberry with a needle in it after reporting his friend swallowed one. He is being assessed by medics but his condition is not known.

Overnight, it was announced that Coles and Aldi have pulled strawberries from supermarket shelves across New South Wales, after a customer returned a tainted punnet to the Engadine Coles in Sydney's south.

ABC reported that as consumers have shied away from purchasing the fruit over fears it will be contaminated with needles, farmers have ended up throwing out mass quantities of the strawberries they can't sell.

"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".

Police have urged consumers who have bought an affected punnet to take it to police for forensic examination.

Police are also investigating contamination of fruit sold by Delightful Strawberries, Love Berries and Oasis in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and the ACT stores.

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".

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the department was "working closely with our local and interstate counterparts as the investigation continues and are committed to keeping the public informed as this progresses".

"At this stage, please cut them up and just look to make sure they haven't been contaminated", she said.

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