Six strawberry brands recalled as $100,000 reward offered to catch needle saboteur

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

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

Sewing needles and pins have been deliberately placed inside strawberries across the ditch.

Coles supermarkets across the country, except for West Australian stores, will pull all Queensland-grown strawberries from the shelves as a precaution over needle contamination fears.

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.

One Australian woman posted photos online showing the needles inside strawberries her 10-year-old son was eating.

The Queensland government is now offering a $100,000 reward for any information that will help police catch those behind the strawberry needle sabotage scandal. "It is simply unacceptable". The broadcaster also said wholesale prices have dropped by around half.

"Strawberries are a great fruit, and people should continue to buy them, but everyone should simply cut them up".

Fruit sold under Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook brands have been affected, while New South Wales police warn fruit sold under the Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis brands were inserted with needles by a possible copycat.

In a statement, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it had "reason to suspect" that a disgruntled former employee was responsible for placing needles in the strawberries.

The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has issued the reward over concerns for growers as well as consumers.

"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.

"This is a serious issue and it just begs the question, how could any right-minded person want to put a baby or child or anybody's health at risk by doing such a awful act?" she said.

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