Metal object found in banana in Australia unrelated to strawberry needle scare

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The announcement comes as needles were found inserted into more strawberries in South Australia and NSW, adding to incidents across the country and prompting fears of copycat behaviour.

Per reports in ABC News, premier premier Annastacia Palaszczuk approved the reward over the weekend, after saying that police are doing everything they can to catch the culprit, who potentilly faces up to ten years behind bars.

New Zealand imports strawberries from Australia during the off-season in this market.

However, police confirmed that the woman had mental health issues and said they were treating the act as an isolated incident, with no connection to any other food contamination investigations.

Coles and Aldi supermarkets have reportedly pulled all strawberries from their shelves while two of New Zealand's biggest food companies - Countdown and Foodstuffs - have reportedly stopped importing Australian strawberries.

Officials said it is still safe to buy strawberries but consumers should cut them up before eating them.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt ordered the national food safety watchdog to investigate Queensland's handling of the needle scare.

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With wholesale prices falling by half to 50 to 60 cents per punnet, Strawberries Australia chair John Calle said there was "no point getting up in the morning to pick strawberries below cost".

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Authorities in Queensland, where the first contamination case occurred, have offered a $100,000 reward.

Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries branded fruit have recalled their strawberries nationwide.

The strawberry contamination crisis has taken a sinister turn as a seven-year-old Adelaide Hills girl discovered a needle in her piece of fruit.

The country's Ministry of Primary Industries confirmed none of the contaminated strawberry brands had made it on to shop shelves.

"WA growers wish to thank the general public in WA for their continued support during this incident".

He told officers he found it in his sink after preparing strawberries for his family and did not recall it being there beforehand.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said last Thursday that the perpetrator could be one of its disgruntled former employees, according to The Australian.

"Police are continuing to liaise with retailers to ensure that all stock from the affected date have been removed from sale".

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