50-year-old woman arrested over Australia strawberry needle scare

The food contamination scare led to harsher penalties being rushed through federal parliament for those caught tampering with food

The food contamination scare led to harsher penalties being rushed through federal parliament for those caught tampering with food

The woman was taken into Queensland Police custody on Sunday after a months-long investigation involving authorities and intelligence agencies from multiple states.

At the time, a disgruntled ex-employee was thought have sabotaged a strawberry farm on the Sunshine Coast.

A woman has been arrested after a complex investigation into an Australian strawberry scare where needles were found stuck into the fruit, police said on Sunday (Nov 11), in a crisis that sparked nationwide panic.

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

The needle crisis spread to all six states and other fruit, with copycat incidents and a statewide campaign by the Queensland government to encourage consumers to back farmers by buying their produce.

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

The woman is expected to be charged this evening and appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

"The Queensland Police Service has allocated a significant amount of resources to ensure those responsible are brought to justice", Serious Crime Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker.

His arrest came after a teenage boy was arrested in New South Wales and dealt with under the youth cautioning system after he admitted to putting needles in strawberries as a prank.

A contaminated strawberry punnet.

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