Tuesday 28 March 2017

Hepatitis alert on contaminated frozen berries

Frozen berries have been linked to more than 1,000 cases of hepatitis across 11 European countries, including Ireland. GETTY
Frozen berries have been linked to more than 1,000 cases of hepatitis across 11 European countries, including Ireland. GETTY
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Frozen berries have been linked to more than 1,000 cases of hepatitis across 11 European countries, including Ireland, foods safety chiefs have warned.

The advice is to boil all frozen imported berries before consumption as contaminated varieties could still be circulating, said the Food Safety Authority.

The warning is part of new guidance to assist growers with the safe production of fresh produce on farms. It includes fresh fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, sprouted seeds, edible flowers and herbs.

It comes at a time when outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with fresh produce are increasing due to harmful bugs.

A lot is eaten raw so the bugs are not being removed by cooking, putting an onus on growers to ensure good practice.

Irish Independent

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