A second brand of frozen mixed berries has been withdrawn from supermarket shelves across the country, as five cases of hepatitis A linked to the product are confirmed in New South Wales and Victoria.
One-kilogram bags of Nanna’s frozen mixed berries were recalled on Saturday as a result of the health scare.
The recall has now been extended to Creative Gourmet mixed berries in 300 gram and 500 gram packets.
Health officials have confirmed three cases of hepatitis A linked to the product in Victoria and two in New South Wales.
Consumers have also been told not to eat fruit from the Nanna’s one-kilogram packets with best-before dates up to and including November 22, 2016.
People have also been told not to consume fruit from the Creative Gourmet 300 gram packets with best-before dates up to and including December 10, 2017, and 500 gram packets with best-before dates up to October 6, 2017.
The berries came from China and Chile and were distributed by Patties Foods, which is based in Bairnsdale, east Victoria.
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One-kilogram bags of Nanna’s frozen mixed berries are being pulled off supermarket shelves across Australia because of a link to the virus Hepatitis A.
A spokesperson for the Victorian Health Department said anyone who had bought the berries was advised to immediately throw them away.
Stores are being advised and there will be advertisements in national newspapers on Monday.
The company is fully cooperating with the recall.
The frozen mixed berries are sold mainly in Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets.
Hepatitis A is spread when traces of faecal matter containing the virus contaminate hands, objects, water or food.
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The berries came from China and Chile and were packed at Patties, a company based at Bairnsdale, in eastern Victoria.
The company has been contacted for comment.
Berries the ‘only link’ between cases of Hepatitis A
Dr Rosemary Lester, the state’s chief health officer, said frozen berries had been implicated in past outbreaks of Hepatitis A.
“Hepatitis A virus infection is uncommon and normally associated with travel to countries affected by endemic Hepatitis A,” she said.
“The only common link between the cases is consumption of this product. There is no overseas travel or common restaurant exposure.