Woman arrested over alleged strawberry contamination

Sydney: A woman has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the alleged contamination of strawberries in Queensland, police said on Sunday.
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.
Police will allege there was a circumstance of aggravation, which will elevate the maximum penalty to 10 years behind bars, the Age reported.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker from the Drug and Serious Crime Group said the investigation was “major and unprecedented” with “a lot of complexities involved”.
Dozens of cases of strawberries with sharp needles concealed inside the fruit were discovered in September, leading authorities to pass a law stiffening penalties for the deliberate sabotage of fruit.
Six brands of strawberries were affected across several states, with health authorities urging consumers to cut up the fruit before eating it, media reports said.
(Agencies)