A $100,000 reward has reportedly been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Australia's strawberry spikers, amid fears up to six brands may have been contaminated with needles and pins.
There are no imports of the affected brands of Australian strawberries that were reported to be contaminated with sewing needles, said the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore on Saturday (Sep 15).
Punnets supplied by three brands have been recalled from supermarket shelves although New South Wales Police said they believed a further three brands may be affected.
South West grower and market agent Paul Da Silva, from Grower Connect, said the wholesale price had fallen 50 to 70 per cent, compared with a week ago, even though WA had not imported strawberries from Queensland for a decade.
"As the products have yet to be forensically examined, it is unknown if the contamination is related to the original Queensland incident or a copycat", NSW Police said in a statement late on Friday.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is said to have issued the reward over concerns for growers as well as consumers.
In the post, Faugeras said her 10-year-old discovered a pin embedded in a strawberry while eating a punnet they had bought from the Coles store at Wingham.
The association said it could be a disgruntled former farmer who's putting the needles in the strawberries.
(From left) Queensland chief health officer Jeanette Young and Acting Chief Superintendent of state crime command Terry Lawrence address the media regarding the strawberry contamination.
Police are also investigating a copycat saboteur after a Coles employee at a Gatton store, about 90 kilometres west of Brisbane, found a "small silver rod" on top of strawberries in a punnet.
He said retailers had heavily discounted prices, but that was not helping move enough stock.
Consumers have been urged to chop up or throw out berries purchased in the past week as police seek a culprit.