Recklessly contaminating goods is an offence under section 380.2(1A) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
‘Goods’ include any substance:
To ‘contaminate’ goods includes:
‘Economic loss caused through public awareness of the contamination of goods’ includes a reference to economic loss caused through:
You were ‘reckless’ if you were aware there was a substantial risk that your conduct would cause public alarm, economic harm or harm to public health, and it was unjustifiable to take that risk in the circumstances but you went ahead with your actions regardless.
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