Although more frequently alleged by the defence in food and drugs prosecutions than the circumstances probably justify, acts of sabotage by operatives in deliberately introducing foreign bodies—some of them intrinsically dangerous—into foods during processing and packaging are becoming more prevalent. The evidence for an allegation of deliberate malpractice is in most cases circumstantial, but when object or material is thoroughly extraneous to any part of the food processing, it can reasonably be inferred. For example, glass splinters in a bottle of milk or soft drink, are an inseparable hazard of automatic bottling, but glass in a can of corned beef or sausages, in the absence of structural alterations, window breakages, etc., could lead to the suspicion that it had been placed there. Similarly, a hairnet, when all female operatives had resisted successfully the wearing of this headgear, and a sewing needle in bread, apart from the stale confectionery joke of its being used with thread to drag jam through the doughnuts!
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