Ex-farm supervisor charged over Australia strawberry sabotage

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

Each count against her carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

If found guilty, Trinh - also known as Judy - could face 10 years in jail.

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.

She faced court on Monday and bail was denied after prosecutors said she could suffer retribution for her alleged actions, The Australian reported.

Forty-nine of those brands were Queensland-based, with 186 of the total complaints about needles as the primary contaminant.

Officials did not provide details about the woman or the charges she will face.

Thewoman has had her bail application withdrawn and will reappear in court on November 22.

"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.

Large numbers of strawberries were recalled from Australian supermarkets, and many farmers were forced to bin their crops.

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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.

She said there were still a lot of unknowns for her business moving into the future.

"I'm angry for all the associated people, it's the farmers, the people who supply them, the packaging people, the truckies with families to support, who suddenly lose their jobs.it's far-reaching", Schultz said.

Authorities in all six of the country's states were investigating the tampering that has led to needles or pins being found in strawberries, apples and bananas.

"We had it X-rayed and everything to prove it was perfectly good, but the way this thing just escalated into basically a nuclear bomb going off ... we just got caught up in it".

The farm involved had been notified of the arrest and was "very relieved", he said.

Following the news of the charged, Queensland's Strawberry Growers Association released a statement.

He said he hoped the industry could move on.

"This should put a full stop to this situation".

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