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UK: FSAI reiterates advice to boil imported frozen berries

Food Safety Authority of Ireland: The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reiterated its advice to consumers to boil all imported frozen berries for at least one minute prior to consumption. The advice follows recent outbreaks of norovirus in Sweden and hepatitis A virus in Australia linked to the consumption of imported frozen berries, although there is no indication that batches of berries implicated have been imported into Ireland.

The outbreak in Sweden occurred in a nursing home in the beginning of May, causing 70 people to become ill with norovirus. Three deaths are reported to have been potentially linked to this outbreak. Microbiological analysis confirmed that imported frozen raspberries from Serbia were the source of this outbreak. Contrary to national food safety advice in Sweden, the frozen imported raspberries were served uncooked in a dessert.

Click here to read the full press release from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.