Strawberry needle crisis: Farmer worker has bail application rejected

BREAKING: Woman arrested following major investigation into national strawberry contamination

A WOMAN has been arrested and is expected to be charged later this evening following a protracted and complex police investigation into Australia's strawberry contamination scare.

After the discovery of punnets of strawberries contaminated with needles, Queensland authorities notified the public of the safety risk on September 12.

As a result of the scare, Australia government rushed through new, harsh rules for anyone caught tampering with food, with those found guilty facing a maximum prison term of 10 to 15 years.

An Australian woman has been arrested in connection to a number of needles being found in strawberries.

The Caboolture woman will face court after being charged over the strawberry contamination crisis.

Investigations into the broader contamination scandal are ongoing.

Thousands of strawberries were left to rot in Queensland after the needles were found buried within a few.

Police have made their first arrest in the cases of strawberry sabotage in Australia, in which sewing needles were found in fruit sold in six states.

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Police were not able to immediately confirm any more details about the woman, such as where she was arrested.

One man was taken to hospital in September after swallowing one of the strawberries.

The investigation was not over, with further investigative strategies being undertaken, he said.

"The Queensland Police Service has allocated a significant amount of resources to ensure those responsible are brought to justice", Spt Wacker said.

It also sent panic across the country's almost $150 million strawberry industry as supermarkets pulled the fruit from their shelves and some growers chose to dump their product at the peak of the season.

"This has probably been one of the most trying investigations that I've been part of", Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker told reporters in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state where the contamination crisis was first reported.

Queensland Strawberry Growers Association vice president Adrian Schultz thanked police for their work.

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