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Strawberry needle contamination: Industry to get $1m Federal Government assistance package

Strawberry farmers are set to receive a $1 million relief package as the industry buckles under the strawberry contamination crisis.

Federal Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie made the announcement this morning.

"We are announcing $1 million to assist in this issue around the food safety contamination of strawberries," she said.

"We are wanting to see more food safety officials on the ground to work with our state and territory counterparts to make sure when they request a recall, that we fast-track that and that we're absolutely investing in increased methods of detection."

The crisis began on September 13 when a sewing needle was found in a strawberry and has since escalated as copycat cases occur across the country.

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ABC NEWS 19/09/18