Tag: Hepatitis

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berry and cherry blend

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berry and cherry blend

| April 19, 2016

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A viral infections that has been linked to a frozen fruit product called Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend sold exclusively through Costco warehouses in five provinces. To date, 13 cases associated with the outbreak have been reported in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland […]

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EFSA advises on shellfish heat treatment

EFSA advises on shellfish heat treatment

| December 17, 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published new advice on the heat treatment of bivalve molluscs to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms, particularly viruses. The advice, compiled by experts from the Panel on Biological Hazards, is based on an evaluation of possible alternatives to the heat treatments for molluscs specified in current EU legislation. These treatments […]

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Report on multistate hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries published

Report on multistate hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries published

| July 28, 2015

A multidisciplinary international team of public health and food safety experts from 13 European countries has published a report of its investigation into a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infection that affected people across Europe in 2013 and 2014. The outbreak was first reported in May 2013 when the Italian authorities declared a national outbreak […]

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THE HEPATITIS A VIRUS – an overlooked cause of foodborne disease

THE HEPATITIS A VIRUS – an overlooked cause of foodborne disease

| April 21, 2015

Bacteria are by far the most common and best known causes of foodborne illness in the developed world and the food industry is well aware of the risks presented by Salmonella, E. coli O157 and other bacterial pathogens. But there are also a small group of disease-causing viruses that can be transmitted by contaminated food. […]

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Expert committee publishes review of foodborne viruses

Expert committee publishes review of foodborne viruses

| April 1, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has published an extensive review of viruses in the food chain. The report focuses on the most important viruses involved in foodborne infections – norovirus, hepatitis A and hepatitis E. The ACMSF set up an Ad-Hoc group in 2010 to revisit […]

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Australian hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries

Australian hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries

| February 20, 2015

An outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in Australia has been linked to frozen berry products distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria. The outbreak has so far affected at least 14 people in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. According to news reports, more reported cases are expected as […]

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Report highlights hepatitis A risk in Europe after 2013 outbreaks

Report highlights hepatitis A risk in Europe after 2013 outbreaks

| November 4, 2014

Researchers from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and Maastricht University Medical Centre have published a report into three multi-country foodborne outbreaks of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection reported in 2013 and their implications for the EU. The three outbreaks concerned were reported between March and May 2013 and affected more than 400 […]

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Multinational hepatitis A outbreak – investigation update

Multinational hepatitis A outbreak – investigation update

| September 9, 2014

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been coordinating a trace-back investigation into a multinational outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) genotype IA infection that has affected more than 1440 people in 12 European countries since January 2013. To date, 331 cases in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the […]

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Embrace technology for better traceability

Embrace technology for better traceability

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Foodborne hepatitis A infection is not uncommon in Europe, but is most often associated with travel to parts of the world where the disease is endemic and hygiene standards a little more lax than is desirable. But recently there have been a number of outbreaks that are unusual in that they involved people who seemed […]

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Hepatitis A cases in Norway – frozen berry mix cake suspected

Hepatitis A cases in Norway – frozen berry mix cake suspected

| April 22, 2014

Norwegian public health and food safety authorities have reported that at least 19 domestic cases of hepatitis A infection identified last month in the country may be linked to consumption of frozen berry mix cake imported from Germany. The outbreak strain of the virus is reported to be the same as that involved in a […]

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