Frozen berries recalled after Hepatitis A scare

By Efrosini Costa

Frozen berries recalled after Hepatitis A scare
More frozen berries have been recalled after 5 people contracted Hepatitis A from the food.

More bad news for Victorian company Patties Foods after news it is expanding its recall to include all 300g and 500g packs of Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries.

The news comes after Saturday’s announcement from the company that all its 1kg packs of Nanna’s Frozen Mixed berries had to be recalled after the Victorian Health Department warned of a potential hepatitis A contamination.

“We have decided that all our frozen mixed berries should be recalled until such time as we receive the results of further laboratory tests,” Patties Foods CEO Steven Chaur said.

“The recall is an important step to ensure public safety and confidence.”

“An investigation by all health agencies is underway but at this early stage we are not sure how many people may be affected,” said Dr Vicky Shepherd, director of NSW Health’s communicable diseases branch.

“There is the potential that others may be sick with hepatitis A now, or develop the disease over the coming weeks.”

It is believed the suspected berries were packed in China before being distribute in Australia. Three people in Victoria and two in New South Wales have been diagnosed with the virus since consuming the berries.

Hepatitis A is spread when traces of faecal matter contaminated with the virus come in contact with hands, food or water and enter a person’s mouth. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea and fever as well as yellowing of the skin and eyes. Anyone experiencing these symptoms is urged to seek medical attention.

Recalled berries:

  • Nanna’s Mixed Berries 1kg, up to and including Best Before Date 22/11/16
  • Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries 300g, up to and including best before bate 10/12/17
  • Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries 500g, up to and including best before date 06/10/17.

Concerned consumers can call Patties Foods on 1800 650 069.

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