New Zealand chain halts Australian strawberries over needles fear

Wellington: Fears over needles in Australian strawberries have spilled across the Tasman, with one of New Zealand's two major food distributors taking the fruit off its shelves as a precaution.

Foodstuffs - which supplies various chains that make up about half of New Zealand's grocery store market - in a statement on Monday said it had stopped shipping Australian strawberries to its stores.

Berry Obsession recalled its strawberries.

Berry Obsession recalled its strawberries.

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While none of its products had been affected by the major recall in Australia, it had brought the freeze in to reassure customers, a spokesman said.

The New Zealand strawberry season would kick off shortly, filling the supply gap, a spokesman said.

New Zealand imports the fruit from Australia when it's out of season, from April to September.

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