Frozen Fruit Dangers

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A second brand of frozen mixed berries has been withdrawn from supermarket shelves across the country, as five cases of Hepatitis A linked to the product are confirmed in New South Wales and Victoria.

One-kilogram bags of Nanna’s frozen mixed berries were recalled on Saturday as a result of the health scare.

The recall has now been extended to Creative Gourmet mixed berries in 300 gram and 500 gram packets.

Health officials have confirmed three cases of hepatitis A linked to the product in Victoria and two in New South Wales.

The berries came from China and Chile and were distributed by Patties Foods, which is based in Bairnsdale, east Victoria.

A statement from the company said while quality control testing to date had not revealed any concerns with the food safety of either product, “further detailed testing is being done and the recall is an important step to ensure public safety and confidence”.

Australia has very strict quarantine import rules but these only apply to FRESH fruit and vegetables and not to frozen fruit and vegetables. There are also strict quarantine rules that apply to any fresh Australian fruit and vegetables coming into Western Australia from other states.

Go down to your local Boost Juice or similar establishment and inquire as to where they source their fruit, as I have done. They will not know or certainly will not admit that they use imported fruit.

2 responses

  1. I don’t think the quarantine rules will help us much for Fresh fruits when it comes to Hepa, its more to with bugs insects that hurt our growing industry.
    Its not so easy to find local grown frozen berries, some group is going well out of Tassie but their product is all consumed by demand already, mostly frozen berries are imported.
    Also i believe that companies doing frozen, processed fruit and veggies in NZ aren’t getting the same intense inspections that a product coming direct from china may, so i have heard that NZ is a back door to Australia for products that may not make into Australia directly so things are just repackaged in NZ and sent in as NZ made , another reason why many processors closed shop in Oz and moved to NZ.
    If you go to boost juice or similar type place ask to see the bag the berries come in before u believe that story they give you.

    • Mark, there has been plenty of locally grown berries available, plus large quantities from the eastern states. At the moment they are coming from New Zealand.

      It is incorrect to say that New Zealand produce does not get the same level of inspections than of Chinese produce, and there is certainly no back dooring of produce through New Zealand. Totally wrong.

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