WATCH: Mountain of strawberries dumped as crisis worsens
THIS is the image of an industry in crisis - a mountain of discarded strawberries so enormous it took two days of loading and unloading trucks to create it.
Queensland strawberry farmers yesterday announced mass destruction of their produce and huge job losses as incidents of needle contamination continue to be reported across the country.
Some of Queensland's most experienced detectives from the State Crime Command are working to find the culprits as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pleaded with the community to provide information that would help police.
Police yesterday rushed to investigate a report of a child biting down on a needle-contaminated strawberry at a Brisbane school, only to discover it was a hoax.
And industry advocates reacted with fury to what they described as "mass hysteria" and "mishandling" by interstate authorities they claim has ruined strawberry farmers.
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