Australia moves to revive confidence in strawberries

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Australian shoppers need to back farmers besieged by a contaminated fruit scare, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday, as it emerged Singapore’s largest supermarket chain had put a halt on all strawberries from Down Under.

Morrison outlined tighter export controls as the crisis — which has seen pins and needles inserted into fruit across the country — spread further overseas.

The PM detailed several government-backed measures to restore confidence in the industry, including funding to review tamper-proof packaging options, and the recent introduction of X-rays and shrink wrapping on exports.

 

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