$100k reward to catch those spiking strawberries with needles in Australia

On Sunday, a needle was been found inside a strawberry in South Australia, making it the fifth Australian state and territory to be implicated in the ongoing fruit sabotage saga.

Australian authorities earlier this week asked consumers to throw away strawberries bought from Woolworths Group if they bore the brand of Berry Licious or Berry Obsession, after three punnets were discovered to include fruit embedded with sewing needles.

The health department said three brands of strawberries have been recalled.

New South Wales police said the Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis brands may also have been contaminated.

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Queensland Police told national broadcaster ABC the contamination of the strawberries - usually sold in small plastic boxes called punnets - was done "obviously to injure somebody".

Dr Young also reiterated her advice from the past few days - cut up any strawberries before eating.

The issue came to light last week when a man was taken to hospital with stomach pains after eating the fresh produce bought at a supermarket in Queensland state.

On Thursday, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said it had "reason to suspect" a former employee was responsible but police are still investigating.

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The government of Queensland has offered $100,000 Australian dollars (about $71,510) to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the strawberry contamination. "Regretfully, preventing random acts of extremism, sabotage and simple maliciousness from people with a grudge appears to be an increasing challenge across our society". "Strawberries are a great fruit, and people should continue to buy them, but everyone should simply cut them up".

Certain brands have been removed from sale.

NSW Police are also urging anyone who has purchased contaminated product to take the punnet to their local police station immediately for triage and forensic examination.

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