Growers deal with job losses and dump truckloads of strawberries as needles reported to have been found in other fruit

New South Wales police are investigating at least 20 cases of needles being found in fruit, and has warned perpetrators – including copycat perpetrators and consumers falsely claiming a discovery – could face up to 10 years in jail for food contamination.

It comes as the strawberry industry deals with the fallout from the discovery of sewing needles in punnets of the fruit, prompting mass recalls. The industry has warned the crisis could lead to job losses and fruit being dumped.

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