The Australian government has ordered a federal investigation into the contamination of strawberries containing pins and needles. The Australian health secretary, Greg Hunt, directed Food Standards Australia and New Zealand to look into the “sabotage” of the retail supply chain. People in the state of Queensland reported finding sewing needles in their fruit last week, and it is said that at least six strawberry brands have been affected.
“This is a vicious crime, it’s designed to injure, and possibly worse, members of the population at large,” said Hunt in remarks quoted by ABC. The Queensland Health Department has advised consumers to cut up strawberries before eating them, and the Queensland Police has also launched an investigation of their own. It has also been reported that the New South Wales police suspect Love Berry, Berry Licious, and Donnybrook Berries are strawberry brands that might be contaminated with needles as well.