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Hepatitis A Outbreak in Australia Linked to Frozen Berries

The NSW (New South Wales) Food Authority has issued a recall of Nanna’s frozen mixed berries following reports of at least nine cases of hepatitis A in Australia linked to this product.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of NSW Health’s Communicable Diseases Branch, urged consumers to take heed of the recall of several lines of frozen berries sold under the brand names ‘Nanna’s’ and ‘Creative Gourmet. Each year 40 to 80 cases are reported in NSW, however the infection is almost always acquired overseas as hepatitis A is common in most developing countries. Given that these brands of frozen berries are widely distributed products there is the potential that others may be sick with hepatitis A now, or develop the disease over the coming weeks."

For current information on the food recalls see NSW Food Authority website:

Visit the rapidmicrobiology.com Product Finder for suppliers of kits to detect Hepatitis A in foods - http://www.rapidmicrobiology.com/product-finder/food-beverage/hepatitis-a-virus/

     
Tags: Hepatitis A

Date Published: February 17, 2015

Source article link: NSW Food Authority
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