Woman charged after falsely reporting a needle in a strawberry

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
Crime,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 4:45p.m.
The report follows earlier incidents around the country and in Australia. (Photo / File)
The report follows earlier incidents around the country and in Australia. (Photo / File)

Reports of a needle found in a strawberry in a Timaru supermarket were false.

Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said a 28-year-old woman had today been charged with making a false complaint in relation to a report made to police on Monday about a needle being found in a strawberry.

"It's disappointing that we've had to take this action, but this demonstrates that Police and MPI's New Zealand Food Safety take these matters seriously," he said.

"It also shows that, where appropriate, anyone making false reports in matters like this will be held to account."

A woman will appear in Timaru District Court on January 29, 2019.

There have been two other cases of needles found in strawberries in New Zealand recently, one in Gerladine and one in Tauranga.

It comes after needles were found in supermarkets following the crisis in Australia, which cost strawberry farmers millions of dollars in lost products.

 

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