Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Woman to face court over alleged strawberry contamination

Woman to face court over alleged strawberry contamination

Strawberries containing needles were first reported in Queensland, the third most populous of Australia's six states, on September 8 after a 21-year-old man who had unwittingly consumed one of the contaminated berries was rushed to the hospital with "severe abdominal pains".

Police did not reveal any further details, including what the charges would be or the reasons and motives behind her alleged involvement.

Braetop Berries strawberry farmer Aidan Young holds a strawberry as he poses amid strawberries he will destroy following a nationwide needle scare, on his farm in the Glass House Mountains in Queensland on September 20, 2018.

She is expected to be charged later this evening and will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

A man, Hoani Hearne, was hospitalized in September after swallowing half a needle hidden in a strawberry.

Trinh's lawyer Michael Cridland withdrew the bail application, but said his client was not an unacceptable flight risk.

Following an extensive investigation, Queensland Police released a statement on Sunday afternoon, confirming detectives had arrested a 50-year-old woman.

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She has been charged with seven counts contamination of goods under Section 238 Criminal Code, which has a three year maximum penalty.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Trinh, a former refugee who arrived in Australia by boat more than two decades ago, will remain in custody until her next hearing later in November.

Earlier on Monday, Detective John Walker said the investigation had been unique in that it involved nearly every state and jurisdiction in the country.

The scare brought the strawberry industry to its knees and forced the federal government to introduce harsher penalties for those caught tampering with food. Those finding the spiked fruit included a 7-year-old girl in southern Australia. By the end of the month, over 100 alleged incidents of fruit sabotaged with pins and needles had been reported.

Funds will also be given to the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association and Growcom to distribute to affected farmers.

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