>> A strawberry scare in Australia is emptying out produce aisles. Needles have been found inside the berries and other fruit over the last week. Authorities are still no clearer as to who's behind it and say there's been reports of copycat incidents across the country.>> It's a hazardous action that's happening from whoever's perpetrating it.
And really at the end of the day, it's an act of treachery on the community of New South Wales and across the nation.>> It's turning into one of Australia's biggest food scares. Exports have been halted to major New Zealand supermarkets. At least one Aussie farm has been forced to start dumping its fruit at the peak of the season.
Police believe the contaminated fruit originated in the eastern state of Queensland. Several brands are now believed to contain pins and needles. It's put strawberry growers in crisis, an industry that brings in over $100 million US.>> We've been through a fair bit, but it looks like hopefully, it's turning around now and with the support from the government and the public, we can move on.
>> Some farms are even installing metal detectors to try and uncover the needles before they reach consumers.