Farmers cast doubt over berry sabotage
STRAWBERRY growers have questioned whether fruit was really sabotaged or if it was all a hoax following the contamination crisis which swept the nation in September.
Despite a Federal Government investigation, beefed up penalties and several police probes, no one has been charged with sabotaging fruit.
After more than 100 reports of contaminated fruit, police have only laid charges against one man, from South Australia, for allegedly making a false claim that his daughter ate a contaminated strawberry.
On Friday, sharp objects were found in strawberries in the Adelaide suburb of Salisbury and in the Clare Valley.
Strawberry grower Mandy Schultz, whose husband Adrian Schultz is vice-president of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, said quality assurance mechanisms at farms meant the pickers and packers of each strawberry could be identified.
Ms Schultz suggested it could have been a social media-driven hoax.
Police in Tasmania are continuing to investigate reports of contaminated fruit, but no charges have been laid.