One Queenslander and two Victorians have reported discovering strawberries in their sewing needles, and police believe the contamination is deliberate.

The Queensland woman who reported the incident on Sunday was the only person known to have sewed with the needles contaminated by the fruit.

Authorities say her garments are being assessed by close family members.

In a Facebook post, Jane Gooding said she noticed a red stain on one of her shirts after using the “strawberry needles”.

“These stains are fatal to any lighter shade of garment,” she said.

Queensland’s chief needle spokesman Simon Pinhead says needle producers are losing sales.

“It’s a devastating blow for the sewing needle industry,” Pinhead told reporters.

Pinhead says he suspects many people are now putting strawberries into their needle kits to garner more likes on social media.

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