Contaminating goods causing public alarm or economic loss
– section 249 of the Crimes Act 1958
When someone interferes with, harms or pollutes goods, causing public alarm or economic loss.
- A worker in a food processing factory posts a video of themselves urinating in the product
- Someone sprays chemicals on an organic crop and publicly posts that the organic crop is contaminated
- The goods were not contaminated
- You did not intend to cause public alarm or economic loss
Questions in cases like this
- Can they prove that you contaminated any goods?
- Can they prove that you intended to cause public alarm or economic loss?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this chargeThe maximum penalty for this offence is level 5 imprisonment (10 years) or a level 5 fine (1200 penalty units), or both.
This is a strictly indictable charge which means that your case must be heard in the County Court.
The section that covers this offence is section 249 of the Crimes Act 1958.
What is the legal definition of Contaminating Goods Causing Public Alarm or Economic Loss ?Contaminating goods is when the contamination was intended to cause public alarm or anxiety, or economic loss through the public becoming aware of the contamination.
“Was there contamination?”