15 February 2015
Dr Roscoe Taylor, Director of Public Health
Health authorities are advising the public not to consume two brands of frozen berries because of possible hepatitis A contamination, after the importer extended its Australia-wide recall of some products.
Tasmania's Director of Public Health Roscoe Taylor said the recall now applied to two brands:
- Nanna's Mixed Berries 1 kilogram packs, with best-before dates up to and including November 22, 2016 and
- Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries 300 gram and 500 gram packs with best-before dates up to and including December 10, 2017 for the 300 gram packs and October 6, 2017 for the 500 gram packs.
The products were sold in Coles, Woolworth, IGA and other supermarkets across the country.
Dr Taylor said anyone with these products should not consume the berries and should dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Dr Taylor said that while no associated cases of hepatitis A have been identified in Tasmania, the recall was an important precautionary measure.
Hepatitis A symptoms, which include abdominal pain, nausea, fever, yellow skin and dark urine, usually occur 28-30 days after exposure.
"If anyone has concerns about their health following consumption of these berries they should visit their general practitioner," Dr Taylor said.
For further information go to http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/alerts
National information is available at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls