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Australian prosecutors drop needles in strawberries charge against woman

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CANBERRA (Reuters) – An Australian court on Wednesday ordered the release of a woman accused of sparking a major food scare by contaminating strawberries with sewing needles in 2018 after prosecutors said charges would be dropped. The strawberry industry, worth A$160 million ($119.4 million), was rocked in September 2018 after nearly 200 complaints of sewing needles found in strawberries and other fruits. Several major supermarkets withdrew the fruit as shoppers abandoned purchases, forcing some growers to dump fruit amid warnings of widespread bankruptcies. My Ut Trinh, a former worker at a f…

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