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'Syringe in soup' man pleads guilty

Posted by: Phil Johnson | 22 October, 2012 - 2:15 PM
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A man has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming there was a syringe in a Campbell's soup can to try to get compensation from the company.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that in March last year 33-year-old Terang man Daniel Wayne Ferris told police he found a syringe in a bowl of Campbell's soup which had been poured from a can.

The court heard Ferris contacted Campbell’s and made the claims publicly including on Derryn Hinch's Drive program on 3AW.

Ferris had actually planted the syringe to get compensation from the company, not expecting police to become involved.

The court heard the plot unraveled after Campbell's did testing which showed a syringe could not have survived the process.

Ferris' lawyer said his client who has pleaded guilty to four charges including deliberate product contamination had anxiety and depression, was under financial stress with two ill children and a house that had burned down several years before when they were under-insured.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Customer: Waiter! There's a syringe in my soup.
    Waiter: I just don't get the point Sir!

    Max Monday 22 October, 2012 - 11:04 PM

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