2018 'needles in strawberries' scandal

Ex-farm supervisor accused of contaminating strawberries is committed to stand trial

A former farm supervisor who allegedly put needles in strawberries has been committed to stand trial in a Queensland court. My Ut Trinh has been charged with six counts of contamination of goods with intent to cause economic loss.

Police claim Ms Trinh's DNA was identified on a needle found in a strawberry punnet in Victoria. She was working at Berrylicious in her hometown of Caboolture, north of Brisbane. Somewhere between September 2 and 7, 2018 she allegedly inserted needles into the fruit.

An Australian found a needle when he bit into a contaminated strawberry on September 9 of that same year, sparking a national food safety frenzy with strawberries stripped from shelves nationwide. The court previously heard more than 240 copycat incidents were reported after the initial incident and almost 70 strawberry brands were affected.

According to an article on 9news.com.au¸ Ms Trinh will face trial in the Queensland District Court on a date to be set and could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.


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