Patties extends frozen berries recall
On Saturday Patties Food recalled its 1kg ‘Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries’ after five people contracted the disease, and on Sunday Patties recalled its 300g and 500g ‘Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries’.
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.
All products are sold nationally in Coles, Woolworths, IGA supermarkets, and independent stores.
Patties Foods CEO, Steven Chaur, says its quality control tests have so far not found any contamination.
“While our quality control testing to date has not revealed any indicators with the food safety of either product, further detailed microbiological testing is being done and the recall is an important step to ensure public safety and confidence,” Chaur said.
“We have moved quickly to recall all our frozen Mixed Berries until such time we receive the results of further laboratory tests.”
An investigation is continuing with state and national health authorities.
Chaur said it was too early to say if the recalls would have any financial impact on the company.
“This aspect of the recalls is also being monitored and the market will be informed promptly and without delay if there are any material developments,” he said.
Australian Made CEO, Ian Harrison, said this issue exemplifies the differences in health and safety standards for the production of food around the world, with Australian Made now encouraging consumers to spend more time checking the country of origin labels on food products.
“Australia’s clean, green environment helps produce exceptionally high quality food, but moreover, our strict regulatory framework ensures Australian-grown produce is also safe to eat, and we encourage consumers to consider this factor when choosing what to buy,” Harrison said.
Consumers with enquiries are asked to call the Consumer Hotline, 1800 650 069, between 7am and 9pm AEDT.