Australians told to chop strawberries as police investigate needles found in fruit

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

Until investigators have a better idea where the needles are coming from, they recommend all strawberries be cut or disposed of.

It's a crime so odd that any motive seems almost inconceivable.

The ABC said Saturday wholesale prices had fallen by half to 50 Australian cents per punnet, below the cost of production.

"This is putting families' lives at risk and it's also putting the strawberry industry at risk ..." The Australian newspaper reported that there have been at least seven reported cases in three Australian states, raising concerns that copycats are working separately to contaminate the berries.

One man has been taken to hospital after swallowing fragments and a nine-year-old boy reportedly found a needle while eating a strawberry, but did not swallow it.

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, I am furious about this".

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The statement added: "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".

Prices for strawberries dropped to unbelievable lows in the lead-up to the decision by Coles and Aldi. You've got more chance of winning lotto than being affected'.

A Coles spokesperson told Starts at 60 that they have complied with Queensland Health's requests to remove affected strawberries from sale. A number of grocers have removed the berries from their shelves.

"As with all farmers who produce food for our nation, strawberry growers strive to ensure the quality, security and freshness of their produce and these spiteful incidents have been extremely disheartening and troubling", the association said.

"We are looking at points of the chain from growth all the way to distribution into the stores, we're keeping a very open mind", he said.

The Queensland strawberry industry is valued at about Aus$160 million (US$114 million).

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