Australians warned after strawberries found with needles hidden inside

Posted at 3:37 PM, Sep 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-15 15:37:42-04

Health officials are warning Australians buying strawberries to be careful after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit.

One man ended up in the hospital after swallowing one of the needle-laced strawberries.

A nine-year-old boy also bit into a strawberry with a needle but was not injured.

Six brands of strawberries in Australia have been affected. Those strawberries have been removed from stores as a precaution. 

Authorities have traced the berries to a farm in southeast Queensland. 

They say this was a deliberate act and are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. 

Police are warning people to cut up their strawberries before eating them. 

Australia's strawberry industry is worth some $94 million a year and there are concerns that this could have a lasting detrimental impact on sales.