Woolworths Temporarily Pulls Sewing Needles From Shelves Amid Fruit Sabotage Saga
Woolworths has temporarily pulled all sewing needles from its shelves amid the widening "strawberry sabotage" saga.
The supermarket giant confirmed to ten daily it had taken the "precautionary" step as incidents of needles being found in strawberries, among other fruits, continue to be reported.
"The safety of our customers is our top priority," a spokeswoman said.
More than 100 reports of contaminated fruit are now being investigated by police, many of which are believed to be fake or copycat cases.
The government is on Thursday introducing tougher laws on food tampering to parliament as it attempts to deter the "cowards and grubs" who are contaminating fruit across the country.
"I'm just focused on making sure no idiot goes into a supermarket this weekend and does something ridiculous," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Thursday morning.
"We've booked a hall in parliament for the day, we've paid rent on it and that means no one goes home until those bills are passed."
The legislation would increase the penalty for those found guilty from ten to 15 years, adding an offence for reckless behaviour relating to copycat cases or hoaxes on social media.