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Frozen berries recalled over Hep A

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Melbourne [AAP]

Households are clearing out freezers across the country after five people contracted Hepatitis A from eating frozen berries.

Victorian company Patties Foods announced on Sunday it was recalling all 300g and 500g packs of Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries.

On Saturday, all 1kg packs of Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries were recalled when the Victorian Health Department warned of a potential Hepatitis A contamination.

Patties Foods CEO Steven Chaur said the wider recall was a precautionary measure.

‘We have decided that all our frozen Mixed Berries should be recalled until such time as we receive the results of further laboratory tests,’ Mr Chaur said.

The suspect berries were packed in China before distribution in Australia.

At least three people in Victoria, and two in NSW, who have eaten the frozen berries have since been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is spread when traces of faecal matter containing the virus come in contact with hands, water or food and then enter a person’s mouth.

Concerned consumers can call Patties Foods on 1800 650 069.


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