NSW fruit sabotage the work of copycats, police say

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"We're not mucking about" said Morrison, after at least 20 pieces of fruit were found to be contaminated with needles or pins.

Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank.

A Queensland man posted this photo of a strawberry with a needle in it after reporting his friend swallowed one.

More than 100 people in Australia have reported finding needles and other shards of metal in strawberries and other fruit across the country, according to the Australian government.

Queensland Police said in two statements the alleged incident was not linked to the ongoing strawberry sabotage crisis that has seen fruit stripped off Queensland shelves.

Since then contaminated fruit has also been discovered in other states including New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Foodstuffs and Woolworths NZ confirmed that they would stop importing Australian strawberries to New Zealand as a precautionary measure to keep their customers safe.

Australian police said the contaminated fruit appeared to have originated at a Queensland-based supplier.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of Queensland state, also offered a reward of roughly $72,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible.

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The sabotage clause of the espionage and foreign interference bill will be amended to include goods intended for human consumption where it is prejudicial to national security, Porter said.

"It's not a joke, it's not amusing, you are putting the livelihoods of hard-working Australians at risk and you are scaring children, you're a coward and you're a grub".

WA-based grower Mal's Black Label strawberries, based in Gingin, 70 kilometres north of Perth, had been drawn into the crisison Sunday when two of their punnets were found containing needles in supermarkets in South Australia.

On Thursday, the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association said the needles may have been placed by a "disgruntled employee".

Acting Commander Smith said it makes no difference to the seriousness of the crime or the punishment, whether it's a copycat crime or not.

VideoDonnybrook Berries shared this video of thousands of berries being dumped on their farm, after sales plummet following needles being found in strawberries.

From 9am on Wednesday, all fresh strawberries being exported from Australia must be metal-contaminant free.

The health department said strawberries under three brands had been recalled: Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries.

In Queensland, struggling growers have been boosted by the announcement of a $1 million fund to help them through the crisis.

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