Woolworths dumps needle sales after fruit contamination cases

Gladys Abbott
September 23, 2018

The offender faces up to 10 years in prison.

The piercing of supermarket strawberries with sewing needles is comparable to terrorism, Australia's prime minister said on Wednesday, as he demanded sentences of up to 15 years in response to a nationwide scare.

Police in New South Wales arrested a young boy who admitted to having inserted the needles into the strawberries as a "prank", with Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith confirming the arrest.

New South Wales Police say that the boy's actions "may be a prank". Subsequently, the berries with needles began to fall and residents of other States.

Meanwhile in Northern Queensland, police are also conducting their own investigation into contaminated fruit, after a young girl found another metal object while biting into a banana.

On Thursday, lawmakers in Australia passed new legislation increasing the jail term for those convicted of hiding needles in fruit to 15 years. These cases are quickly triggered panic among buyers, and among fruit producers. "Stick it up these parasites by going into the supermarkets and buying strawberries".

Reported that some manufacturers were forced to destroy the entire crop of berries after the news of the needles.

Many Australian politicians and users of social networks actively defended the fruit industry of the country.

NSW boy arrested for inserting needles in strawberries as prank

Authorities have suggested strawberries be cut up before they are eaten.

"It is beyond belief that anybody would deliberately sabotage fruit to try and harm people in the process, harm our hardworking fruit farmers and the industry", she told parliament.

The Internet also has hundreds of recipes for jams, pies and other dishes of strawberries. The brands have since been recalled by Queensland Health.

'I'm just focused on making sure no idiot goes into a supermarket this weekend and does something ridiculous, ' Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

As the government attempts to pass the laws before parliament rises on Thursday, Littleproud launched a savage attack on the strawberry saboteurs.

"It's not a joke it's not amusing".

"You are putting the livelihoods of hard-working Australians at risk and you are scaring children, and you are a coward and a grub".

"We are doing what we can to support our growers and restore confidence to get people eating strawberries again". The Queensland and Western Australian governments are offering similar rewards.

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