298B Contaminating food, crops, water, or other products

Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who contaminates food, crops, water, or any other products, without lawful justification or reasonable excuse, and either knowing or being reckless as to whether the food, crops, water, or products are intended for human consumption, and—

(a)

intending to harm a person or reckless as to whether any person is harmed; or

(b)

intending to cause major economic loss to a person or reckless as to whether major economic loss is caused to any person; or

(c)

intending to cause major damage to the national economy of New Zealand or reckless as to whether major damage is caused to the national economy of New Zealand.

Section 298B: inserted, on 17 November 2003, by section 5 of the Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 2003 (2003 No 105).