'Metal' scare sees brand of frozen mixed berries recalled

A recall notice has been issued for a popular brand of mixed berries, warning they could contain metal.

But MPI stresses the recall has no links with recent strawberry needles issues.

The recall is for Fruzio brand premium mixed berries sold frozen in a one kilogram plastic bag, with a best before date of 22 June 2021.

The product is sold in New World and Pak’nSave supermarkets, and Gilmours stores throughout the North Island, but is not exported.

The Ministry for Primary Industries says FSL Foods Ltd is recalling the specific batch of its Fruzio brand premium mixed berries as the product may contain foreign matter, metal.

MPI says there have been no reports of injury, however anyone who has consumed any of this product and has any concerns about their health should seek medical advice.

Customers are being asked to check the date mark on the back of the product and affected product should not be consumed. 

Customers should return the products to their retailer for a full refund.

If you have questions, contact FSL Foods Ltd of 19 Packham Crescent, Stoke, Nelson, phone 03 538 0771.

It's not the first time Fruzio berries have been recalled.

RNZ reported in December 2015 that MPI said a fifth case of hepatitis A was likely to be linked to consumption of Fruzio Mixed Berries that had been recalled.

The latest recall comes hard on the heels of the needle contamination crisis that led to Australian strawberries being pulled from supermarket shelves in Australia and New Zealand.

Fruzio brand premium mixed berries. Source: Ministry for Primary Industries