To date, more than 12 cases of Hepatitis A in several Australian States has been linked with consumption of 1Kg packets of Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries.
What is Hepatitis A? How is it spread?
Hepatitis A is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver, and is transmitted by consumption of contaminated food or water. A person who has hepatitis A is infectious form 2 weeks before they show symptoms to one week after they develop symptoms. During this period, poor hygiene practices (for example, not washing hands after toileting), may lead to contamination of food and water consumed by others leading to transmission of disease.
What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis A?
Symptoms of Hepatitis A may include:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Dark urine
- Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice).
Infected people may have persistent symptoms for weeks – most people will have full recovery subsequently, though significant complications may occur infrequently. For many people, the symptoms are few and mild.
Which Products are Being Recalled?
As of the 17th of February 2015, The Department of Health has recalled the following:
- 1Kg packets of Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berry with best before dates up to and including 22 November 2016
- 1Kg packets of Nanna’s Frozen Raspberries with best before date up to and including 15 September 2016
- 300g packets of Creative Gourmet mixed berries with best before dates up to and including 10 December 2017
- 500g packets of Creative Gourmet mixed berries with best before dates up to 6 October 2017
What should I do if I have consumed the recalled berries?
Current public health information suggests that only a small proportion of people who has consumed the potentially contaminated berries will become ill.
The Department of Health is currently recommending that if you have consumed the frozen berries but don’t feel unwell, no further actions are required, other than maintenance of good hygiene practices.
If you have consumed the frozen berries and feel unwell, then you should see your doctor immediately, as it is important to identify symptoms early to help prevent the disease spreading to others.
Can Hepatitis A be Prevented? Can I get a Hepatitis A vaccine?
Strict personal hygiene may help reduce the risk of catching Hepatitis A.
- Wash your hands with soap and hot running water before handling food, after going to the toilet and after handling used condoms or having contact with nappies or the anal area of another person.
- Clean bathrooms and toilets often, paying attention to toilet seats, handles, taps and nappy change tables.
Hepatitis A vaccination is available, though the Department of Health is currently not recommending routine hepatitis A vaccination for people who have consumed the recalled products and are well.
Certain groups however, should be routinely vaccinated against hepatitis A. This include:
- Children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
- Travelers to hepatitis A endemic countries
- People with occupations at risk of hepatitis A (eg health care workers)
- People who’s lifestyle puts them at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A (eg sex workers, IV drug users, men who have sex with men)
- Persons with developmental disabilties
- Persons with chronic liver disease or significant liver problems.
How do I get more information?
More information can be obtained from the following websites –
Alternatively, you can make an appointment with your doctor at Banyo Clinic to discuss your concerns further by booking online, or calling reception on 07 3267 5088.