Needles were found in a punnet of strawberries in a leading New Zealand supermarket

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Leading New Zealand supermarket brand Countdown is advising customers to cut up strawberries before eating them.

Needles were found in a punnet of strawberries sourced from Western Australia which was bought in a Countdown in Auckland.

The supermarket has withdrawn a brand of Australian strawberries from sale as what it calls a “precautionary measure”, Countdown said in a media release.

The Choice brand of strawberries was sold nationwide last week.

There have been no reports of any illness or injury in New Zealand. The strawberries affected by this withdrawal have not previously had any issues of this nature reported and had not been withdrawn from sale in Australia, the release said.

Countdown is in contact with both New Zealand and Australian authorities as they investigate this matter, the supermarket wrote.

Following similar advice from public health authorities in Australia, customers should cut up any Australian strawberries before eating them.

Customers can return any Choice brand of strawberries they may have at home to Countdown for a full refund.

This does not affect New Zealand strawberries which are now on our shelves.

This article was originally published by Stuff.co.nz. Read the original here.

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