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Imported food risk statement - Ready-to-eat berries and hepatitis A virus

(April 2020)
 

Based on new scientific information and a number of more recent foodborne illness outbreaks, we have reviewed and revised our imported food risk statement on hepatitis A and imported ready-to-eat (RTE) berries. The revised statement has been given to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment who manage food safety risks at the border.

Read more about our imported food risk assessments.

Read our Q&A on our advice on hepatitis A and imported ready-to-eat berries

Risk statement conclusion

When we first assessed imported RTE berries in 2015, the risk statement concluded that hepatitis A in RTE berries that are produced and handled under Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) were not a medium to high risk to public health. Our revised risk statement has determined that in the absence of these practices, hepatitis A in RTE berries is a potential medium to high risk to public health.
 

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