Former Strawberry Worker Charged Over Sewing Needle Scare

50-year-old woman to face court


12 November 2018

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Police believe they have caught the person behind the initial strawberry contamination scare, that saw millions of punnets pulled from supermarket shelves back in September.

A 50-year-old woman was due in court on Monday, charged with seven counts of contamination of goods.

If convicted, she could face up to ten years behind bars.

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker confirmed the accused was an employee within the strawberry industry in the Caboolture area, north of Brisbane.

"As this matter is now before the courts I cannot provide further details of the evidence which we are relying upon to support our prosecution," he said.

Detective Wacker said police worked tirelessly to track down the alleged offender, and that investigations are on-going.

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He also confirmed the extent of the contamination saga.

"Since the initial report, a further 230 reports across Australia have been received, impacting 68 strawberry brands, 49 of these being Queensland-based brands," said Detective Wacker.

"In Queensland 77 incidents were reported, of these 15 incidents are believed to be a hoax or false complaint".

 

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