Woolworths has issued a recall of strawberries, asking customers to return strawberries purchased at stores across the country for a refund.
Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said strawberries would be back on shelves on Thursday and urged people to throw out any frozen fruit or fruit purchased in the past week.
"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".
"We are now working with retailers nationwide to ensure that all Donnybrook stock is removed from sale", Dr Young said.More news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores sensational strike to bring up 500th career goal
As police searched for a culprit who put sewing needles in strawberries, the state's chief medical officer was forced to update her advice following the discovery of the metal rod at a Coles in Gatton on Thursday morning. "We'd be lucky at the moment to get between $3-4 a kilo", Mr Schultz said.
In a statement released by Queensland Strawberry Growers Association on Wednesday, it was confirmed the company had suspicions a certain ex-employee had inserted the needles into the strawberries which were found over the last week.
An ex-employee has since been blamed for planting sewing needles inside the strawberries.
"They suspect it is foul play, but unsure whether it was via the supplier, Woolworths or a customer", Gane said.
These include Donnybrook strawberries and those sold by the Woolworths Group under the Berry Obsession and Berry Licious names.
Inquiries to date indicate the contamination affects two brands of strawberries - "Berry Obsession" and "Berry Licious".More news: Liverpool's Firmino eye gouged by Tottenham defender Vertonghen
So far four contaminated punnets have been found - two in Queensland and two in Victoria.
Health authorities are urging people to cut up strawberries to make sure they are safe to eat and police want anyone who finds a needle to contact them.
A product recall is under way in three states of Australia because sewing needles have been found inside strawberries sold in supermarkets. "We're keeping a very open mind as to where this may have occurred". If you are in doubt of the brand, throw them out.
"I don't know, because the problem is there's so many people handling the fruit all the time, and packing, so I can not say where it happened", he told a Channel 9 reporter.
Stevenson immediately called her son's school and told them to stop her son from eating the strawberries.
The incident follows an earlier plea from strawberry farmers for consumers to buy more strawberries as the market suffered a glut of the fresh fruit, dropping prices to A$1 (NZ$1.50) or less.More news: Hurricane Florence Death Toll Climbs to 7, Including Mother and Baby