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'Devastating': Fruit growers fear being collateral damage in health outbreaks

'Devastating': Fruit growers fear being collateral damage in health outbreaks

Fruit growers have called for clearer and better co-ordinated public warnings about isolated heath risks from food safety authorities to avoid sparking "hysteria".

  • by Patrick Hatch & Darren Gray

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Sam Kekovich joins #SmashAStrawb campaign for Australian strawberries
Food safety

Sam Kekovich joins #SmashAStrawb campaign for Australian strawberries

The lamb man swaps sausages for strawberries as Aussies rally to help farmers stricken by the needle contamination crisis.

  • by Jenny Noyes
NSW fruit sabotage the work of copycats, police say
Police

NSW fruit sabotage the work of copycats, police say

NSW detectives believe all the incidents of fruit contamination in the state have been the work of copycats and pranksters and have vowed offenders will feel the full weight of the law.

  • by Hannah Higgins
'A terrorist attack on strawberries. It's the 9/11 for strawberries'

'A terrorist attack on strawberries. It's the 9/11 for strawberries'

"Keep buying strawberries. If you are scared, cut them up. But don't cut them out," says strawberry grower Asaf Bar-Shalom.

  • by Tim Barlass
Scott Morrison announces tough new criminal penalties for food tampering
Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison announces tough new criminal penalties for food tampering

The Prime Minister said anyone tampering with fruit was a "coward and a grub".

  • by Fergus Hunter, Darren Gray & Fleta Page
False claim of Queensland schoolgirl biting into strawberry containing needle
Farming

False claim of Queensland schoolgirl biting into strawberry containing needle

The latest claims of a Queensland schoolgirl biting into a strawberry were false.

  • by Felicity Caldwell
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'In three days we lost it all': Strawberry farm video shows damage done
Recall

'In three days we lost it all': Strawberry farm video shows damage done

The video shows tonnes of strawberries being dumped, as the Queensland Premier announces a $1 million fund to counter sabotage.

  • by Lucy Stone & Felicity Caldwell
Growers buy metal detectors as minister demands jail for needles-in-strawberries 'idiot'

Growers buy metal detectors as minister demands jail for needles-in-strawberries 'idiot'

What started as a single act of "commercial terrorism" has brought a multimillion-dollar industry to its knees, Queensland growers say.

  • by Latika Bourke
Indo-Australian free trade deal to help struggling beef farmers
Indonesia

Indo-Australian free trade deal to help struggling beef farmers

The effects of the suspension of the live cattle trade seven years ago are still being felt, but Australian-Indonesian beef trade is set to grow under the new free trade deal.

  • by James Massola
'Wilting and dying': Crops down 46 per cent in eastern states as drought bites

'Wilting and dying': Crops down 46 per cent in eastern states as drought bites

The crippling drought hitting eastern Australia is tipped to wipe millions of tonnes off crop production this season.

  • by Darren Gray & Patrick Hatch
In an African island nation, a flavour worth killing for

In an African island nation, a flavour worth killing for

The lush mountains in Madagascar's north-east produce about 80 per cent of the world's vanilla - and right now it is worth more per kilogram than silver.

  • by Finbarr O'Reilly