Publicado: Mier, Noviembre 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Woman arrested over alleged strawberry contamination

Woman arrested over alleged strawberry contamination

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.

The 50-year-old woman, who has not been identified, will appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged on Sunday evening, according to a statement by Queensland police.

Prosecutor Cheryl Tesch opposed bail, citing concerns of witness interference and public retribution, broadcaster ABC said. She is to remain in custody ahead of her next appearance on November 22, court officials said.

The discovery led to dozens of other needles being unearthed in apples, strawberries and various other fruits, spreading around all states and territories of the country.

Growers like Trinh's boss suffered massive financial losses as they were forced to destroy crops.

An Australian magistrate says she won't consider bail for a woman accused of putting needles in strawberries until her motive for sabotaging the fruit becomes clearer.

It is believed that copycats were the cause of needles in strawberries found all around the country.

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He said any risk of flight could be mitigated by "suitable firm conditions" like forfeiting her passport.

Perhaps the most alarming outcome of the entire incident was our fearless leader Scott Morrison revealing that he was making a strawberry curry to help support the farmers effected by the crisis.

Trinh was remanded in custody until November 22.

One incident was also reported in neighbouring New Zealand.

A Vietnamese refugee who arrived by boat two decades ago and became an Australian citizen, Trinh was working as a supervisor of fruit pickers at the Berrylicious strawberry farm near Caboolture, north of Brisbane, when she allegedly inserted needles into the fruit between September 2 and 5, the court was told.

She faces jail for up to 10 years if found guilty after the conservative government toughened sentencing in a bid to contain the crisis.

"The investigation is ongoing and further investigative strategies are being undertaken", he told reporters.

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