The Australian Strawberry Scare

October 5, 2018

Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple cases of sewing needles being found hidden inside strawberries bought in Australia. Several strawberry brands have been affected across all six states, and police suspect copycats have increased the risk. This has caused food safety concerns and an urgent hunt for the culprits.

Multiple supermarkets have stopped selling strawberries and the police are warning citizens to cut up their strawberries before eating them.

There have been multiple incidents reported, including a 7-year-old girl who found the needle after biting into a strawberry. A 21-year-old man was rushed to the emergency room after swallowing part of a needle.

But what is the cause of the contaminated strawberries? A poll was sent out to see what people think.

More than half of the people who had responded didn’t have a particular idea and aren’t sure why the tampering is being done.

About 20% of people said that they think it’s terrorism. This is possible, but this is currently no evidence for this. Often terrorist groups will claim responsibility for their actions, but so far a claim like this has not appeared.

About 12% of people think that a group of jokesters have been contaminating the strawberries for laughs. Again, this is possible, but if so, the jokesters must soon realize how dangerous it could be. Again, there is no evidence for this idea.

The remaining 17% of people believe that the tampering is sabotage and a group of people are inserting needles to hurt strawberries companies. If this is the case, they are definitely succeeding. Many supermarkets have stopped selling strawberries, and supermarkets that do sell them have lowered prices.

“I don’t think it’s terrorism. That seems like a really weird thing for terrorists to do. I think it’s either a jokester who doesn’t know how dangerous it could be, or they’re purposefully trying to hurt the strawberry companies.” - Daisy Ryan, XIIIs.

 

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