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CRIMINAL CODE 1899 - SECT 238
Contamination of goods
238 Contamination of goods
(1) A person who contaminates or interferes with goods, or makes it appear
that goods have been contaminated or interfered with, commits a misdemeanour.
Maximum penalty—3 years imprisonment.
(2) If the person
commits the offence with intent to cause—
(a) public alarm or anxiety; or
(b) members of the public who are aware of the contamination or interference
or apparent contamination or interference to refrain from purchasing those
goods or goods of that or any similar class; or
(c) any person to suffer
economic loss through taking steps to avoid public alarm or anxiety; or
members of the public to refrain from purchasing those goods or goods of that
or any similar class; the person commits a crime.
penalty—10 years imprisonment.
(3) A person who, with any intent
mentioned in subsection (2) , threatens that he or she or any other person
will contaminate or interfere with goods or make it appear that goods have
been contaminated or interfered with, commits a crime.
penalty—7 years imprisonment.
(4) If the threat is accompanied by the
making of a demand, the person commits a crime.
penalty—14 years imprisonment.
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