Australian officials warn of needle danger for 6 strawberry brands

Marcus Newton
September 16, 2018

ABC News reported on Saturday that wholesale prices have halved to 50 Australian cents per punnet below the cost of production in Western Australia, where strawberries crops are now peaking, with growers forced to dump tonnes of the fruit.

Mr Michael said strawberry growers made huge capital outlays to plant their crops, and now was a critical time of year for them to get some money back.

"Police are continuing to liaise with retailers to ensure that all stock from the affected date has been removed from sale".

A fresh report of a contamination in Townsville is being investigated, Queensland police said, following instances elsewhere in the state.

The strawberry industry in the state of Queensland is worth around US$93 million (NZ$142 million) annually, and the government there announced this week that it would offer a reward of A$100,000 for anyone with information about the culprit behind the unusual attack on strawberries.

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Police said no one was injured by the contaminated berries by the brand Delightful Strawberries, sourced from Queensland. "It is simply unacceptable".

In Australia, someone is placing sewing needles inside strawberries - endangering those who eat them and sending panic across strawberry markets as prices plummet and government officials scramble to find a culprit. Three brands-Donnybrook Berries, Berry Licious, and Berry Obsession-have been taken off the shelves completely.

NSW Police and Queensland Police are investigating whether the latest needles found in strawberries are the work of a copycat, or related to the original incidents.

In a follow-up statement released on Facebook Thursday, the group said the strawberries were seemingly "interfered with between the time they were packed and the time they were purchased".

This is a $160-million industry to Queensland... and someone is trying to sabotage the industry but also in doing that, they are putting babies' and children's and families' lives at risk.

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