Fears for our strawberry farmers and the strawberry industry emerge as strawberries are recalled from supermarket shelves around Australia after being found to contain needles.
- More cases emerge after nine-year-old boy bites into strawberry with needle in it at school, Queensland mother says
- Two brands recalled were sold in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
- Growers say fear could devastate strawberry industry if people stopped buying the fruit
In 2006 food laws were introduced making it compulsory for a company to report suspected cases of food tampering. In Queensland, someone found guilty of deliberately contaminating food to cause public alarm or anxiety faces a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment. This penalty can also be applied if the person interferes with food to cause members of the public to refrain from purchasing those goods.
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