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A second brand of frozen mixed berries has been withdrawn from supermarket shelves across the country, as five cases of Hepatitis A linked to the product are confirmed in New South Wales and Victoria.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

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