Frozen berries recalled after suspected links to hep A
A MAJOR recall is underway after packaged frozen mixed berries were potentially linked to three cases of hepatitis A.
The 300g packets of berries - sold under the Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries brand - were recalled today.
The company behind the brand, Entyce Food Ingredients Pty Ltd, said the berries were sold nationally at IGA, Foodworks, Foodland, SPAR, Supabarn and other independent retailers via Metcash distribution.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand acting chief executive Glen Neal said public health agencies were still running tests to determine if the frozen mixed berries had caused the disease.
"As precaution, the supplier has initiated a consumer level recall of the product," he said.
Anyone with Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries 300g packs with a best before date of 15 January 2021 should either destroy them or return them to the store where they bought them to receive a full refund, Mr Neal said.
People should not be concerned about any other frozen berry brands or batches of Creative Gourmet product, he said.
The problem berries were imported in early 2015.
Mr Neal said there was no evidence of hepatitis A associated with berries imported after border controls were introduced in February 2015.
"FSANZ is working closely with enforcement and public health agencies at the state, territory and Commonwealth level to investigate the issue," Mr Neal said.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services was working with the supplier who had advised that all frozen berry products were tested for hepatitis A, E. coli and coliforms and none had returned a positive result," Mr Neal said.
In young children, Hepatitis A is a short-term illness that rarely results in symptoms. But symptoms in older children and adults include abdominal pain, nausea, fever and chills and yellow skin or eyes.
Vulnerable people such as those with suppressed immune systems can become seriously affected.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their health care professional, Mr Neal said.
Originally published as Frozen berries recalled over hep A risk