Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside

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"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat", NSW police said in a statement late Friday.

An urgent recall was originally issued on Wednesday following the discovery of needles planted inside the fruit, with Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young advising anyone who has purchased strawberries from the Berry Liscious and Berry Obsession brands to dispose of their fruit immediately.

A Coles customer found pins sticking from the sabotaged fruit after purchasing the punnet from a supermarket in Engadine in Sydney's south on Friday.

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Prices for strawberries dropped to unbelievable lows in the lead-up to the decision by Coles and Aldi.

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.

Australians have also been warned to cut strawberries before eating them.

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"We really need the WA public to support local growers, because if they don't buy our strawberries, many may not be able to put in crops next year", he said. "If you stop picking them for a few days then they stop producing fruit, so we're trying to weather out this storm and hope that things get better, but to do that it's costing".

There are no imports of the affected brands of Australian strawberries that were reported to be contaminated with sewing needles, said the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore on Saturday (Sep 15). A number of grocers have removed the berries from their shelves.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it's likely the affected strawberries were tampered with between the time they were packed and the time they were bought.

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Palaszczuk, the Queensland premier, told reporters that "those responsible could face up to 10 years' jail, if not more, for the crimes they are committing".

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