NSW boy arrested for inserting needles in strawberries as prank

MoH Will Be Checking All Australian Strawberries For Needles Before Being Allowed into Malaysia- WORLD OF BUZZ 3

"When the fruit was consumed this morning, a needle was found inside one of the strawberries".

Australia's agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has said the "parasites" responsible for spiking strawberries with needles "should swing for this" as the government rushes tough new laws into parliament on Thursday in an attempt to end the crisis.

Most are thought to be pranks or jokes on social media, but at least two minors have been questioned by police for carrying out hoaxes.

Woolworths announced Thursday that it was temporarily removing needles from sale, according to the Reuters news agency. The safety of our customers is our top priority, ' a Woolworths spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

Responding to the scare, Morrison said his government would seek to increase the maximum jail term to 15 years from 10 years for anyone convicted of tampering with food.

Australian farmers are facing financial ruin and have been forced to dump mass harvests of fruit as consumer demand lessons and products are taken off shelves.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten appeared in parliament to ask Australians to buy "a punnet for yourself and a punnet for the nation".

A young boy in Australia has admitted to putting needles in strawberries as a "prank".

"I'm just focused on making sure no idiot goes into a supermarket this weekend and does something ridiculous", the prime minister told reporters in Royalla, NSW.

The most serious cases with national security implications will be covered by sabotage offences, with penalties ranging from seven to 25 years' jail.

The penalties for such cases will range from 7 to 25 years in prison, he added. Instead of throwing away strawberries, simply cut them up and turn them into tasty creations.

They're asking us to contact Crime Stoppers if we know more, and are reminding us contaminating fruit is a criminal offence.

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They are also investigating reports of contaminated fruit found at a supermarket in the Hobart suburb of Kingston.

The Queensland and Western Australian governments are offering similar rewards.

Under Section 13 of the Food Act 1983, any party involved in importing, distributing, storing or selling food containing toxic, damaging or harmful to health shall be liable to a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or a maximum imprisonment of 10 years or both, upon conviction.

'This is a disgusting act created to instil fear in consumers and to undermine our agricultural industry'.

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