Strawberry needle scare strikes again in New Zealand

Another needle has been found inside a strawberry in New Zealand, the second such incident in the country and just weeks after a nationwide food scare hit Australia over needles found in fruit.

The latest discovery was made on Saturday morning after a strawberry punnet was bought at a supermarket in Geraldine, 86 miles southwest of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, a police spokeswoman told CNN.

The person who discovered the needle was unharmed, the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries told New Zealand broadcaster Newshub, and as a “precautionary measure” the store removed all the fruit from its shelves.

Police are now investigating the incident. It is unclear at this stage whether the contaminated strawberries were produced in New Zealand or imported from Australia.

This is the second incident of its kind in recent months in New Zealand. In September, supermarket chain Countdown took a brand of strawberries sourced from Western Australia off its shelves when needles were found in the fruit,