Foodstuffs freezes distribution of Australian strawberries
New Zealand supermarket chain Foodstuffs today announced that it has stopped shipping Australian strawberries to its stores, in the wake of the sewing needle scandal spreading to South Australia.
Foodstuffs supplies various chains that make up about half of New Zealand’s grocery store market and although none of its products have been affected yet, the supermarket chain wants to reassure its customers.
A spokesperson for Foodstuffs told Inside FMCG, “Our customers’ safety is our number one priority. For added reassurance for our customers we have elected to halt distribution of Australian strawberries.”
The spokesperson added that New Zealand strawberries will be coming into season shortly.
Punnets containing needles or pins have been discovered in five different states, with new cases in South Australia and NSW over the weekend.
Coles and ALDI pulled all strawberries from their stores, with the exception of Western Australia, over the weekend. ALDI have since returned all non-impacted brands to their shelves. Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries have recalled their strawberries nationwide.
A health warning to throw out or cut up strawberries remains in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.