Australia supermarket bans needles amid strawberry crisis

There are reports of another contaminated banana

Calling the perpetrator a "coward and a grub", Morrison called on parliament to quickly raise the maximum sentence for such deliberate food contamination from ten to 15 years behind bars.

He also revealed that investigators believe the original sabotage was confined to three strawberry brands sold in Queensland.

STRAWBERRIES imported from Australia are being thoroughly checked at the country's entry points following the discovery of sewing needles in the fruit.

Earlier this month, several people in the nation of Australia were mortified to discover sewing needles located in grocery store-bought strawberries. "The safety of our customers is our top priority", a Woolworths spokeswoman told AAP.

Police in New South Wales said a "young person" has admitted putting needles in strawberries as a copycat prank and will be dealt with under the youth cautioning system.

As reported by SBS News, police are investigating more than 100 reports of fruit tampering nationwide.

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

According to police, the needles in the strawberry found a man living in the state of Western Australia, and a girl from the state of South Australia.

Labor's shadow cabinet will meet on Thursday morning to consider the legislation.

The penalties for such cases will range from 7 to 25 years in prison, he added.

"It's a despicable act for anything like this to happen".

"Just go back to buying strawberries like you used to and take the precautions that you should", Morrison told Australians in a televised address.

Australia's Department of Health ordered a review into the handling of strawberries after fruit containing sewing needles was found in supermarkets across Australia.

"Even if they did not intend that to be consumed by someone, you are potentially engaging in a very serious behaviour", Mr Porter said.

On Wednesday a child in Newcastle found a needle inside a banana that was packed inside a lunch box, while in Tasmania, Hobart's Mercury newspaper reported, a nine-year-old boy found a pin as he ate an apple on Wednesday evening.

The government is also providing $1 million to make more food safety officials available to increase detection, fast-track recalls and assist the industry to rebuild confidence.



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