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Authorities look at frozen berry sources

New Zealand authorities are looking into sources of imported frozen berries after 9 people contracted hepatitis A in Australia.

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The products recalled in Australia, 300g and 500g packs of Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries and 1kg packs of Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries, are not exported to New Zealand.

We asked the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) if it was taking action in light of what’s happening across the ditch.

A spokesman said: “We are looking into any/all sources of imported frozen berries to see if there is any cause for concern.”

He said the process "involves going through import records for the shelf life of frozen berry products, identifying any importers of berries, and working with them to seek assurance from their suppliers as to the safety of their products”.

The mixed berries suspected of being contaminated were packed in China.

Hepatitis A is usually spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with infected faeces.

Symptoms include fatigue, fever, nausea, appetite loss, jaundice, and diarrhoea.

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