Woman Arrested for Strawberry Needle Scare in Australia

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A woman has been arrested in Queensland in connection with the “strawberry scare” where sewing needles were found hidden inside fruit.

Police said the 50-year-old was arrested on Sunday “following a complex… and extensive investigation”.

The woman is expected to face unspecified charges on Sunday evening.

A nationwide investigation was launched after shocked shoppers first reported the contamination in September.

There were over 100 reports of needles being found in strawberries, though many were suspected to be copycat cases or social media stunts.

Farmers were forced to dump tonnes of berries, and supermarkets pulled the fruit off sale.

The first cases emerged in Queensland, where a man was taken to hospital with stomach pains after eating strawberries.

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