Australian Food Company recalls Raspberry Products

Australian Food Company recalls Raspberry Products

Patties Foods, an Australian food company, has recalled frozen berries as these are being linked to nine cases of Hepatitis A. According to the company, it is recalling 1 kg packs of Nanna's Raspberries, together with other three mixed berry products which have been recalled earlier.

As per the company, raspberries from China have probably led to the outbreak. There have been nine reported cases of Hepatitis A in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. And health officials said that the number could increase since products are delivered all over the country. The company said that a China based supplier of raspberries has been identified as a possible source.

"While there are no confirmed test results indicating a potential link to Hepatitis A, we are working proactively with Health Authorities based on the information they have presented to date", CEO Steven Chaur said in a statement.

Chaur said that there could be some products in the market, which were earlier supplied by the source. He said that the company has taken the decision to recall all the products of frozen raspberries linked with the particular source in China.

The company also apologized to consumers for the inconvenience and distress caused by this. The news came into limelight, when health officials in Victoria told that frozen berry products are associated with four cases of Hepatitis A in two states.

Hepatitis A, a liver disease which can lead to nausea and fever, spreads when people consume food or water contaminated by faeces from a person having the virus. According to the World Health Organisation, outbreaks associated with sewage-contaminated water can take place, however casual contact between people does not spread the disease.

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