Australian farmer convicted of importing garlic illegally

Letetia Anne Ware, a farmer of Tasmania (Australia) and the former president of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, has been sentenced to 11 months in jail for illegally importing almost 2,200 garlic bulbs from the United States and Canada which could jeopardize Australia's agricultural sector.

As explained by The Guardian, the vegetable is a potential carrier of the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria, the biggest threat to Australia's national plant biosecurity. Letetia Anne Ware imported the garlic in 21 different shipments in a period of 18 months and even instructed suppliers to label the garlic as garden products.

Ware pleaded guilty last week to 10 charges and resigned from the presidency of the Australian Garlic Industry Association.



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