Chinese berries may not have any link to Hepatitis A outbreak: Patties Foods
The importer of Chinese berries, Patties Foods issued a statement that there is still no ‘verified’ link between the hepatitis A outbreak and the frozen berries. Patties Foods sells frozen berries under brand name Nanna’s across Australia.
Health authorities have confirmed 18 cases of Hepatitis A across Australia and initial reports suggest link between frozen berries imported from China and the patients suffering from Hepatitis A.
In a statement issued on Friday, Patties Foods managing director and CEO Stephen Chaur said, “At this point, we have not been provided any remaining consumer product to test from the 13 confirmed HAV cases to clinically verify there is indeed a link with the Nanna’s Mixed Berries.”
Patties Foods has recalled frozen berries from the market even when there is no confirmed link between the Nanna’s mixed berries and hepatitis A. Health authorities have said that there is no confirmation regarding the source of virus. However, the common link between most of the cases is consumption of berries. Health authorities have released instructions for all importers of Chinese berries to check the source of their products and to carefully follow the safety procedures and guidelines while packing.
A report published in The Australian suggests that more than 450,000 people have consumed berries. The recalled frozen berries have been sent for testing at laboratories in Australia, North America and Europe. The results are expected within two weeks.
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