Woman to face court over alleged strawberry contamination

BREAKING: Woman arrested following major investigation into national strawberry contamination

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One incident was also reported in neighboring New Zealand.

A former farm worker accused of contaminating strawberries with needles will remain behind bars after being arrested in what Queensland police say is one of the most trying investigations they have conducted.

Mr Cridland said Trinh, who required a Vietnamese interpreter in court, was an Australian citizen and had complied with all police requirements thus far.

It was gathered that the incident made supermarkets pull strawberries from the shelves, and saw farmers dump tonnes of the unwanted berry.

Magistrate Christine Roney said that while prosecutors were alleging My Ut Trinh was "motivated by spite or revenge" she would not consider granting bail for the woman until the reasons for her actions became clearer.

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A nine-year-old boy had a lucky escape when he spat out a needle while eating a strawberry at school.

An Australian woman has been charged for allegedly hiding sewing needles inside strawberries bound for supermarkets across the country in a freakish crime that left a number of people hospitalized and sparked a string of copycat incidents.

Ms Trinh's lawyers said there was no evidence that she had been threatened but withdrew an application for bail.

A circumstance of aggravation will be alleged by police, bumping the penalty up to the maximum of 10 years imprisonment.

It also led to harsher penalties being rushed through federal parliament for those caught tampering with food.

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

Her alleged involvement in the contamination is not yet known. If she is charged and convicted, she could face 10 years in prison.

Grower Gavin Scurr from Pinata Farms at Wamuran said the arrest provided relief and peace of mind for fruit producers. Of those, 15 were believed to be a hoax or a false complaint, he said.

"This is a major and unprecedented police investigation with a lot of complexities involved", Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker said in a statement.

"Given the crippling impact on the Queensland strawberry industry, the person responsible should be brought to account to the full extent of the law", a spokesperson for The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association told New Idea.

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