50yo woman arrested over strawberry needle contamination

A 50-year-old woman has been arrested over the strawberry needle contamination scare in September.

The woman is expected to be charged this evening and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow, reports ABC.

An investigation into the crisis has been on-going for months, with the Queensland Police Service coordinating a national response.

The public was first notified about the contamination on September 12.

Throughout September needles were found in Australian strawberries, including in an Auckland supermarket.

In the wake of the needle crisis, Foodstuffs NZ made the decision to halt the distribution of Australian strawberries in all their stores including New World, Pak'nSave and Four Square.

Countdown said that strawberries grown in New Zealand had not been affected, but it was in contact with New Zealand and Australian authorities.

Needles were also found in Australia in bananas and apples.

More to come.