Results from testing have now confirmed that the fifth person, who recently contracted Hepatitis A, as reported last week, has the same strain of the virus as the other 4 people who fell sick with Hepatitis A in late October and early November this year, according to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) today.
“All 5 people who have fallen sick with Hepatitis A have the same strain, and all 5 have consumed the Fruzio Mixed Berry product recalled earlier this month,” says MPI director plants food and environment Peter Thomson.
“Our investigation is still ongoing however and, although it is now looking less likely, we are still not ruling out the possibility of further recalls.
“In the meantime the general advice about food safety applies. People should wash their hands before eating and preparing food. Anyone who is concerned should briefly boil any frozen berries before eating them, or ensure cooking exceeds 85 degrees Celsius for one minute.
“Elderly persons and those with chronic liver damage should avoid imported frozen berries that have not been heat treated.”