Reports of contaminated strawberry in region

By Myles Peterson

Reports have been circulating since Tuesday night of a strawberry contaminated by a pin purchased from a supermarket in the region.

Victoria Police is remaining tight lipped regarding the veracity of the claim.

Officers from the fraud and extortion squad are investigating all such reports, a spokesperson for Victoria Police said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Will Watkins told morning radio a contaminated strawberry was located in the region.

The strawberry contamination threat has now impacted five Australian states, with the Federal Government and Queensland state governments each committing $1 million dollars to counter the threat.

A $100 000 reward has also been offered in Queensland for information leading to the apprehension of a perpetrator or perpetrators.

Police nationally have voiced concerns of “copycat” contaminations and warned anyone involved would face significant fines and jail time.

More to come.