Creative Gourmet frozen berries recalled after potential Hep A link

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 5th June 2017

Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries sold through independent supermarkets have been recalled due to a potential link with three cases of hepatitis A.

Creative Gourmet Frozen Mixed Berries 300g with a best before date of 15/01/2021 sold through at IGA, Foodworks, Foodland, SPAR, Supabarn and other independent retailers supplied by Metcash have been recalled.

Owner of Creative Gourmet, Entyce Food Ingredients, said the recall is precautionary and impacts only a “relatively small batch” of the product.

“Consumers should be confident that the recalled batch of Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries 300g is an isolated one that is no longer available on supermarket shelves,” Entyce Food Ingredients said.

No other Creative Gourmet products have been affected.

Creative Gourmet was one of the brands recalled in 2015 after there was concern frozen berries were the cause of multiple hepatitis A cases in Australia.

On Friday 2 June 2017, Acting chief Executive Officer of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Glen Neal, said public health agencies are still testing the product to determine if frozen mixed berries are the cause of the hepatitis A cases, but the recall has been issued by Entyce as a precaution,

“The supplier is advising anyone who has Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries 300gm packs with a best before date of 15 January 2021 at home to check their freezer and return any opened or unopened product to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them,” he said.

FSANZ said consumers should not be concerned about consuming any other frozen berries and that the berries in question were imported in early 2015. FSANZ said there is no evidence of cases of hepatitis A associated with imported berries since border controls were put in place in February 2015.

“FSANZ is working closely with enforcement and public health agencies at the state, territory and Commonwealth level to investigate the issue,” Neal said.

“The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is working with the supplier who has advised that all frozen berry products are tested before distribution for hepatitis A, E. coli and coliforms and that no tests to date have returned a positive result,” he said.


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