The most recent discovery was made on Saturday morning after a strawberry punnet was purchased at a grocery store in Geraldine, 86 miles southwest of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, a police spokeswoman advised CNN.
Police are actually investigating the incident. It’s unclear at this stage whether or not the contaminated strawberries have been produced in New Zealand or imported from Australia.
Steel was additionally present in a banana, an apple and a mango, which the Australian authorities believed to be remoted “copycat” instances.
The incidents prompted a nationwide panic, and worry of contamination severely broken Australia’s multimillion greenback fruit business.
Giant numbers of strawberries have been recalled from the nation’s supermarkets, and lots of farmers have been compelled to bin their crops. Some native and abroad consumers suspended the sale of Australian strawberries.
The incidents prompted authorities within the Australian state of Queensland to difficulty a warning September 12, advising customers to chop up the fruit.