Two major supermarkets have pulled their entire strawberry supply from the shelves in most states and territories following the discovery of needles in a number of the fruit.
Coles and Aldi have removed all brands of fresh strawberries from their shelves in every state except Western Australia.
The retailer’s move is meant as a precaution, after needles were found in berries in Sydney and Townsville in Far North Queensland within a 24-hour period.
It comes amid already existing pressure by supermarkets to move stock and sell punnets at bargain prices – in some cases as low as $2 a kilo.
Queensland Police are currently heading an investigation aimed at tracking down the source of the needles.
They believe they may have been deliberately planted in an act of “food terrorism”.
Police say they do not yet have a suspect but are attempting to identify the source.
The Queensland government is currently offering a $100,000 reward for any information that will help police catch those behind the strawberry needle sabotage scandal.
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