Young boy in Australia arrested for putting needles in strawberries

23 September, 2018, 18:57 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • NSW boy arrested for inserting needles in strawberries as prank

"Obviously in the last few days we found a young person has admitted to a prank, including putting needles in strawberries".

The media recently reported that Australia had ordered a recall of strawberry products under the brands Berry Obsession strawberries, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis after discovering several cases of the fruit containing needles believed to be a sabotage. Australian retailer Woolworths Group announced that it has removed from their shelves of supermarkets strawberries are all broken brands.

"What we've seen in this state we believe is the work of copycats and pranksters", Stuart Smith, the acting assistant commissioner of the New South Wales police, said in a press conference Wednesday.

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.

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.

"He did not recall the needle being in the sink prior to preparing the strawberries".

Consumers are still being urged to buy strawberries and other fruit however they have been warned to slice the fruit before eating it.


Meanwhile, sales of metal detectors in New Zealand soared in the wake of the Aussie fruit needle scare, and news.com.au reported on an Adelaide woman's simple trick to make sure her strawberries are safe to eat going viral. "Cut it (the strawberry), but do not abandon it", - writes in his accounts, the national party of Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison talking to Australia's 9 News on Thursday.

The crisis has spread panic, plunged Australia's fruit industry into chaos, and prompted Parliament to pass new legislation.

Smith said that people deliberately contaminating food can face up to 10 years in prison.

"It's not a joke, it's not amusing", Mr Morrison said.

"You are putting the livelihoods of hard-working Australians at risk and you are scaring children", he said.

Earlier, three Australian state has announced a reward of 100 thousand Australian dollars (71 700 U.S. dollars) for information which may help in the investigation of this crime.

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