'Needled strawberries' caused a nationwide panic in Australia. Photo captured on Youtube.

A Vietnamese-Australian woman has been arrested over alleged links to recent cases of sewing needles found in strawberries in Australia.

On November 11, My Ut Trinh, 50 was arrested in Brisbane for her alleged involvement in an incident, VN Express reported. In an official statement, police in Queensland said they coordinated with multiple government and enforcement agencies to identify and locate Trinh.

Trinh was set to appear in court on Monday in Brisbane. Further details of the case, including the motive and charges, have yet to be disclosed by the authorities.

Cases of strawberries with needles inserted into them first surfaced in September, when a man with stomach pains was taken to a hospital. Following this, more than 100 cases of pins and needles in fruit were reported, causing nationwide panic.

Supermarkets were also forced to remove fruit from their shelves.

Fruit tampering is a punishable offense in Australia. The Australian government has recently raised the maximum penalty for the offense from 10 to 15 years in prison.

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