Heartbreaking video shows the true victims of the strawberry sabotage.

With something as tiny as a sewing needle, an unknown saboteur has left Australians on edge with an apparent act of consumer terrorism.

Over the past five days, a number of the small metal needles have been found embedded inside Australian-grown strawberries, forcing supermarkets to pull punnets from their shelves and shoppers to return or dispose of the fruit.

But its growers who are feeling the crisis most intensely.

Stephanie Chheang, the daughter of Donnybrook Berries co-owner Leena Lee Cufari, shared footage of the impact the ongoing scare has had on her family’s Queensland business. A truckload of fruit, dumped – just in case.

“This is no doubt the worst thing to ever happen to my family,” she wrote on Facebook. “This here is worth more then you could ever imagine and within three days we lost it all.

“My mum and my step dad has worked years to build the empire they’re sitting on now, they put all their money and effort in to build such a successful business. They work hard to make the money for our family and to have these selfish individuals destroy it is just so upsetting. [sic]”

Since news of the scare broke on September 13, a number of needles have been found in strawberries across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.

In the latest reported incident, a child sustained a minor injury after biting into a contaminated strawberry at a Brisbane school on Tuesday morning, according to The Courier Mail.


The hunt is on for the culprit, with a $100,000 reward promised by the Queensland government for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has also ordered Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate whether there are breaches in the supply chain and what systematic changes may be required.

"This a vicious crime, it's designed to injure and possibly worse, members of the population at large," he told media.

"It's also an attack on the agriculture sector — the strawberry sector in particular."


Donnybrook is among several brands have now been caught up in the contamination, including: Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mal's Black Label strawberries.

Growers are installing metal detectors to protect staff and consumers, while others are destroying entire crop rather than spend money on picking the unwanted fruit, The Courier Mail reported.

The toll on farmers has been so devastating that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday announced a $1 million fund to assist strawberry growers in her state.

"The crop is worth $160 million — it is the lifeblood for 150 growers and their workforces," she said in parliament.

"Police are having to deal with not only the original contamination, but also apparent copycats.

"This is an attack on all of us."