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US/CA: Frozen raspberry problems continued in 2017 for Canada, U.S.

Food Safety News: Individually Quick Frozen raspberries imported from China were the source of 615 confirmed cases of Norovirus in Quebec between March and July of this year, and of 15 cases in Minnesota in August of 2016.

The Quebec outbreak encompassed clients and staff of seven seniors’ residences, two daycare centers and …

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NZ: Regulations and cheap imports making life difficult for New Zealand’s berry producers

Timaru Herald: A large South Canterbury berry farmer claims cheap imported product and New Zealand's food safety regulations are combining to make life difficult for the country's growers.

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AU: Frozen berries Hepatitis A Virus outbreak fact sheet (2017)

An outbreak of foodborne illness attributed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) has taken place in Australia. At least four people have become infected. The source of the outbreak is 300 gram packs of Creative Gourmet Frozen Mixed Berries with a best-before date of 15 January 2021. This product was recalled nationally on 2nd June 2017 as a precaution.

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AU: Frozen berries – Westerway Raspberry Farm fills growing demand

The Weekly Times:  To meet growing demand family-run Westerway Raspberry Farm in the Derwent Valley this season produced about 30,000 packs of quick-frozen raspberries[...]

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US: Egypt says its frozen and fresh strawberries are Hepatitis A-free

Food Safety News: Egypt’s reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States sourced to frozen strawberries exported from the Middle East nation may not be any more meaningful than its response to Europe’s massive 2011 E. coli outbreak.

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US: Can the FSMA improve safety of frozen berry production?

FPSC: Can the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) provide a framework to improve practices and boost exports for Chilean raspberry producers?

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AU: Frozen berries still on the shelf after Hep A scare a year ago

Sydney Morning Herald: In the middle of February last year, the frozen berry lost some of its sweetness. Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services decreed - very publicly - that the popular Nanna's Frozen Mixed Berry 1kg bag had been linked to multiple cases of hepatitis A.

While Patties Foods is getting out of berries, it's not out of trouble. Law firm Slater & Gordon remains committed to action they started on behalf of more than 20 clients.

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AU: Tackling food safety double standards

Farm Online: Levelling the playing field for imported and domestic food safety is essential, according to independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

Senator Xenophon last week backed the auditor-general's findings that Australia's imported food safety regime was seriously flawed and has called for root-and-branch reform of the system, foreshadowing legislative changes.

The auditor-general's report on the administration of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS) found that it was applied inconsistently across the country and lacked performance benchmarks.

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Food Standards releases revised frozen berry risk statement, writes Richard Bennett

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released its risk statement on ready-to-eat (RTE) frozen berries and hepatitis A virus (HAV) following an extensive review of the incident involving Patties Foods. Using an internationally recognised food safety risk assessment approach, FSANZ has concluded that “…hepatitis A virus in RTE berries produced and handled under Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) is not a medium to high risk to public health.”

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