Woman Charged Over Strawberry Needle Saga Identified As QLD Farm Supervisor

12 November, 2018, 16:43 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • BREAKING: Woman arrested following major investigation into national strawberry contamination

It was followed by needles being found in packets of strawberries in other states and in other fruit, as well as copycat incidents and a statewide campaign by the Queensland government to encourage consumers to back farmers by buying their produce.

The woman, reportedly in her 50s, is now set to face "unspecified charges" later today and appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

She has faced court and will remain in custody, withdrawing her application for bail after the magistrate advised more evidence was required.

"The case that was put is that she was motivated by some fight or revenge", Ms Roney said.

"The accused was an employee within the strawberry industry in the Caboolture area", Detective John Walker told media on Monday.

A woman has been arrested after a "complex" investigation into an Australian strawberry scare where needles were found stuck into the fruit, police said Sunday, in a crisis that sparked nationwide panic.

"This is one of the most trying investigations I've worked on", Superintendent Wacker said, noting the extensive involvement of interstate police and Australian Border Force during the months-long investigation. Of those, 15 were believed to be a hoax or a false complaint.

No injuries were reported. Her lawyer argued that Trinh - who required a Vietnamese interpreter in court - had strong family ties to Brisbane and had complied with all police requirements thus far.

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September 10 - Woman from Gladstone, Queensland finds needle in strawberry.

At least six brands of strawberries, Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis, Berry Obsession and Berry Licious, were recalled and several chain supermarkets pulled all strawberries from their shelves.

The first cases emerged in Queensland, where a man was taken to hospital with stomach pains after eating strawberries.

My Ut Trinh is charged with seven counts of aggravated contamination of goods.

In September, the federal government announced new penalties for food contamination.

Punnets of strawberries contaminated with needles were first found in Queensland in September, and a public alert was issued.

Officials from the strawberry association said they "have reason to suspect that a disgruntled ex-employee" of Woolworth, the supermarket where numerous affected strawberries were sold, was behind the contamination.

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