Hepatitis A Berry Link To 2015 Outbreak

More Aussies get sick in outbreak

Hepatitis A Berry Link To 2015 Outbreak

Image: Creative Gourmet

Looks like a second wave of contaminated frozen berries that arrived in Australia this month, may be from the same shipment from China that caused the massive 2015 hepatitis A outbreak.

A spokesman from the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria spoke about the current recall of fruit:

"We understand the batch of frozen berries at the centre of this recall were sourced from the same plant and area in China at around the same time as the berries responsible for the 2015 recall".

It's understood the first person linked to becoming sick from the berries was in South Australia on May 4, this year.

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At the moment, four people from Queensland, Victoria and South Australia may have been infected with hep A.

Department tests revealed the hepatitis strain found in Creative Gourmet mixed berries 300 gram pack was identical to the strain in the Nanna's and Creative Gourmet range recalled two years ago.

Around 48,00 units were distributed to IGA, Foodworks and Supabarn, Foodland and SPAR, with most sold by March 2017.

On June 2, there was a recall of 300 gram packs of mixed berries with the batch code PP150118 and BBD 15.01.2021.

It's also thought most of the product has now been sold and consumed.

What to look out for with hepatitis A:

Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Yellow skin and eyes
Dark urine
Pale faeces
Tiredness
Mild headache

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