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Monday, February 16, 2015

Australia: Two Brands of Mixed Berries Recalled due to Hepatitis A

Consumers have been warned to avoid an imported frozen mixed berry product which may be contaminated with Hepatitis A.
The following products are subject to recall nationwide:
The frozen berries, repackaged and distributed by Patties Foods in Bairnsdale, East Victoria, include strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries from China, and blueberries from Chile. They were mainly distributed to Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets in Australia.
The warning follows notifications of Hepatitis A in four adults - three in Victoria and one in New South Wales.Hepatitis A virus can take between 15 to 50 days to develop and the onset of the illness ranges from early January to mid-February.
The product is made from four berries - strawberries, raspberries, blackberries from China, and blueberries from Chile – and is packed in China and distributed in Australia by Patties, based in Bairnsdale.
It is distributed mainly to Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets.
Hepatitis A virus infection is uncommon, and normally associated with travel to countries affected by endemic hepatitis A “Sampling of the product will be undertaken to identify the virus, but it is difficult to find hepatitis A virus even in a contaminated batch,
As a precaution, the Victoria Health  department is advising the company to recall this product.
Hepatitis A is spread when traces of faecal matter containing the virus contaminate hands, objects, water or food and is then taken in by mouth. Symptoms of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, nausea, fever and chills and yellow skin or eyes.Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their GP or Nurse On Call on 1300 60 60 24.

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