Was berry crisis all just a hoax?
STRAWBERRY growers believe the contamination crisis that swept the nation was a hoax and no fruit may have been contaminated on farms.
Despite a federal government inquiry and police investigations, nobody has been charged with contaminating fruit. Police have only laid charges against one man, for allegedly making a false claim his daughter ate a contaminated strawberry.
Strawberry grower Mandy Schultz, whose husband Adrian Schultz is the vice-president of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, said the pickers and packers of each strawberry could be identified.
“This did not happen at a farmgate level,” she said.
Ms Schultz suggested that it could have been a social mediadriven hoax.
A police source said authorities believe the “vast majority of cases” were hoaxes.