posted on Sep, 19 2018 @ 09:50 AM
Strawberry needle contamination: Australian Federal
Police and Border Force investigating
Australian farmers and consumers are currrently facing off against a potential crisis as increasing amounts of fruit from supermarkets have been found
to contain portions of sewing needles which have been maliciously inserted somewhere in the supply line. The situation was initially isolated to
Strawberries which were produced and purchased in one particular state but has since spread to other states and types of fruit. There have been no
serious injuries yet, but the damage to farmers has been immense as consumers have been deterred by the threat. Thousands of tones of berries have
been discarded, acres of unpicked plants destroyed (its no longer economically viable to pick fruit that no one will purchase) and hundreds of people
have lost their jobs. The majority of cases so far have involved strawberries but cases involving banannas and apples have also been reported.
There has been some measures undertaken to try and mitigate the situation but it has been difficult because no one knows the source or motive behind
the needles and it seems likely that some of the reports made have been fabricated or initiated by idiotic copy cats. Producers have installed metal
detectors and sealed packaging to try and alleviate consumer concerns but people are still concerned because we haven't been able to establish which
stage of the supply chain is being compromised. Harsher penalties have been also been instated, increasing the maximum sentence from 10 to 15 years.
This doesn't seem like it will be an effective measure because the existing penalty was already stiff relative to any perceived potential gain by the
guilt individual/s and it will be extremely difficult to catch people in the act, imo.
Most of the people i have spoken to about this issue haven't seem too concerned and some short sighted consumers seem to view this as a boon because
it has drastically slashed the price of the fruit. But im personally scared #less by these headlines. I have always taken the integrity of food stuffs
for granted. The biggest concern i have here is that we have no idea who is doing this, or why. There is every chance that the situation was spawned
by a sick anti social individual, as a prank or malicious act, which was then copied by other liked minded sicko's (a scary enough scenario itself)
but there is also the unspoken prospect that it is an intentionally malicious act which is being carried out by a coordinated group with purposful
Entertain the thought of the worst case possibility here for a moment. If terrorists continously inserted items into our food supply then it would be
a very costly scenario which would be very diffcult to encounter. Imagine a world where every food item you bought was pre scanned for contaminates or
poisons. The cost of foodstuff would rise enormously and i feel that deterimental to human relations to exist in such a distrustful environment. I
almost feel as though i shouldn't be posting this incase the wrong sort of sicko reads it but i also feel its an imporant discussion that we should
probably be having. The security of our food is an essential concern which should not be taken for granted but seems almost impossible to counter. Are
there any alternatives besides reverting back to personal production, installing cameras at all stages of the food chain or scanning every item of
food to ensure its integrity? Would love to hear some alternative takes on this that could alleviate my concerns because im honestly scared of # of
the potential prospect as it stands.