InDaily InDaily

Support independent Journalism Donate Subscribe
Support independent journalism

News

Strawberry tampering prompts harsh new penalties

News

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced urgent and harsh new criminal penalties for contaminating food as the ongoing strawberry needle crisis brings Australian farmers to their knees.

Comments
Comments Print article

Morrison said the “idiot” who sabotaged the strawberries had risked the livelihoods of farmers and put fear in the hearts of parents across the country.

“This is a shocking and cowardly thing for this individual and others who have jumped onto the bandwagon here to have engaged in,” he told reporters in Canberra today.

Anyone found guilty of contaminating food would face a maximum of 15 years in jail, up from 10 years.

Additionally, anyone who piggy-backed on such a crisis by engaging in a reckless hoax would also face 10 years behind bars.

“It’s not a joke, it’s not funny, you are putting the livelihoods of hard-working Australians at risk. And you are scaring children,” Morrison said.

“If you do that sort of thing in this country we will come after you and we will throw the book at you. You are a coward and a grub.”

Morrison wants the laws to pass parliament by the time it rises on Thursday evening.

South Australia’s strawberry season doesn’t start until October.

– with AAP

Make a comment View comment guidelines

Make your contribution to independent news

A donation of any size to InDaily goes directly to helping our journalists uncover the facts. South Australia needs more than one voice to guide it forward, and we’d truly appreciate your contribution. Please click below to donate to InDaily.

Donate here
Powered by PressPatron

Comments

Show comments Hide comments
Will my comment be published? Read the guidelines.

More News stories

Loading next article