‘Food terrorism’: people found needles in fruits in Australia and New Zealand

September 24, 2018 | Brainwave Science

'Food terrorism': people found needles in fruits in Australia and New Zealand- Brainwave scienceSITUATION

Consumers in New Zealand have been put on alert after needles were found in strawberries. The strawberries imported from Western Australia were sold in New Zealand nationwide last week. It has been nearly a week since the first needle was found in fruits. Traders said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves after it was reported about over 100 incidents of needles being found in supermarket fruit.

According to officials, a young boy has been arrested for putting sewing needles inside strawberries in Australia. The name of the boy has not been disclosed because of his age. But police claimed that he confessed in putting the sewing needles in strawberries as a prank and is not believed to be the culprit behind other fruit contaminations in the region. The boy is the first person to be arrested since people reported finding needles inside fruits across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia last week.

A $100,000 reward is announced for information leading to the prosecution of any individual who contaminates a food source in the area. Besides, the Australian government raised the maximum sentence for people found tampering with food – ‘food terrorists,’ from 10 to 15 years in prison in a fast-tracked procedure.


Food is one of the most necessary things in people life and because of its high importance, it is at risk of both accidental and deliberate contamination. ‘Food terrorism’ may cause social, economic, and political disruption.

Fortunately for New Zealand, it is the first and only case of such tampering reported, whereas Australia has seen more than 100 alleged cases of needles found in strawberries, bananas, and apples. Officials in Australia fear that initial reports earlier this month about fruit from the northeastern state of Queensland might have inspired copycat actions, though some reported incidents have been revealed as social-media hoaxes.

Today officials still hunt for perpetrators, have announced rewards and raised the sentence for  such crimes. It’s really important to find criminals not only to help provide justice but also reassure communities scared to consume or purchase food items. Citizens cannot live in security before they are not sure of the safety of such simple and usual things as food.


Modern criminals are unexpectable in some of their decisions and methods. National Security officials should be ready for any new challenges from the side of the perpetrators. They can be sure they will successfully solve most of the crimes if they have in their arsenal extremely accurate, fully automated, non-invasive and simple to use iCognative system developed by Brainwave Science.

Offered only by Brainwave Science, iCognative is an avant-garde technology with power to determine difference between criminals and innocents. Just by measuring and recording brainwaves, the technology can establish the fact of presence or absence of the specific information in the brain of every suspect in every separate crime. The only requirement to conduct a iCognative test is that some investigation must be carried out in a given case. The test can be conducted on all suspects, witnesses and persons of interest to unearth further details that might very well be known only to perpetrator.

In this difficult situation with ‘food terrorism’ in Australia and New Zealand, iCognative technology can help officials find more perpetrators in these crimes. iCognative test protocol mandates input of case facts or investigation details in form of words, phrases or pictures be uploaded as Stimuli as a test protocol. Investigation details such as: type of fruits (strawberry, apples, bananas); the type of needles (name, size); pictures of ‘infected’ fruits (picture of fruit with a needle inside); names and photos of partners in crime; information collected from victims regarding time, date and place of purchase of infected food items, etc.,  along with other unknown public information can be used as a stimulus. A specific, measurable brain response known as a P300 is emitted by the brain of a perpetrator who has the details of a crime stored in his brain, but not by an innocent suspect lacking this record in his brain. Within a minute after completion of an approximately 45 minutes test, the results are foolproof and definitive with over 99% accuracy. Thus, an easy to use, cost-effective and highly applicable iCognative technology test with more than 99% accuracy will determine the fact of presence or absence of such information in the brain of a suspect

iCognative can become one of the most powerful investigative tools, helping to provide a justice in every corner of the world. For Australia and New Zealand, the test can help to solve the problem of ‘food terrorism’ quickly and give normal life back to the citizens.

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