A 28-year-old woman has been charged with making a false complaint following a report made to police on Monday regarding a needle found in a strawberry in Timaru.
Detective inspector Corrie Parnell says she has been summoned to appear in Timaru District Court on January 29.
“It’s disappointing that we’ve had to take this action, but this demonstrates that Police and MPI's New Zealand Food Safety take these matters seriously.
“It also shows that, where appropriate, anyone making false reports in matters like this will be held to account.”
Foodstuffs NZ spokeswoman Antoinette Laird confirmed at the time that the company was aware of an issue with a pin or needle being found in a punnet of strawberries bought at one of its Pak'nSave Tauranga stores.
In November a needle was also discovered in a piece of capsicum bought from a Tauranga supermarket.
Multiple other discoveries have been reported throughout New Zealand.