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Contamination caused by broken light fitting

New Zealand: Strawberries recalled as glass is found in punnet

In Porirua, a Pak'nSave supermarket has pulled punnets of strawberries from sale after one of them was found to contain glass. People who bought Zakberry-brand strawberries from Pak'nSave Porirua on December 2 have been asked to check them and return the product for a refund as it could contain plastic and glass.

Adam Reeve and his partner were stuck in traffic when they decided to buy some snacks on Monday afternoon. They popped into Pak 'n Save Porirua and bought some Zakberry-branded strawberries.

Hopping back into the car, Reeve said he was talking to his partner who started eating the strawberries first – after about the second strawberry, his partner felt something that made a "crunch" sound. Pulling out a fragment of glass that was about 10 millimetres wide.

"We had a look inside [the punnet] and there were little fragments all through it," Reeve said. "The glass looked very similar to lightbulb glass ... It's a very thin glass."

A Foodstuffs spokesperson said the incident was isolated to the Porirua supermarket. "We can confirm that we have secured and removed all contaminated product from the store." An MPI spokesperson said the glass was caused by a broken light fitting in the store’s walk-in produce chiller.


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