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  • Hepatitis A scare In Australia Over Frozen Berries

    No doubt the Aussie members on here already know this as it's been all over the news here.

    A brand of frozen mixed berries has been recalled as there's been a few cases in 3 states now with consumers contracting Hepatitis A from Nanna's brand of not only mixed berries now, but it's been extended to raspberries.

    These berries have all been sourced from places like China and South America and packaged in Australia. Food quality standards here are pretty strict with farmers jumping through hoops to get their product to shelves. And rightly so. But now it's come to light that roughly only 5% of produce sourced from overseas is screened.

    I do buy these berries myself, but it's made me think of the standards that are in place for local vs imported food. It's scary to think that the berries that I have been eating may have contained human shit. All to save a few bucks.

    We as consumers can spend up big on luxury cars, the newest priciest iPhone or handbag, but when it comes to food, more times than not it's the cheapest product that wins out.

  • #2
    I don't see what the concern is over a little bit of shit on your food. It sounds like you are overreacting.

    Ok, clearly I am kidding. 5% screened? That is terrible.

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    • #3
      Its pretty ridiculous. Now child care facilities are worried as they fed their kids the berries. Plus a few football players are worried as well as they used the berries in their shakes.

      On a positive side, hopefully this gets changes implemented on food safety standards for imported food. As well as getting people (including myself) to buy locally grown produce.

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      • #4
        We threw out a bag of these berries. They were a staple part of our shopping list for our shakes. I would say Nanna's is going to go out of business over this. I and the wife and kids all had Hep A inoculations for overseas travel so though we won't get Hep we are certainly not impressed.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by SAHD View Post
          We threw out a bag of these berries. They were a staple part of our shopping list for our shakes. I would say Nanna's is going to go out of business over this. I and the wife and kids all had Hep A inoculations for overseas travel so though we won't get Hep we are certainly not impressed.

          Same for us as well. We were using the Woolworths Select 500g boxes, but then switched to the 1kg bag Nanna's variety. We've been eating them for months. We're still using the blueberries though. Thankfully there's been no warnings with those.

          I was surprised that there's so far, no Australian company that makes frozen berries. All imported.

          Not impressed here either!

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          • #6
            No more berries in the shakes for me...

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