Berries removed from supermarket shelves after hepatitis A scare

Berries removed from supermarket shelves after hepatitis A scare

SINGAPORE - After reports of people falling ill from eating frozen berry products from an Australian company, supermarket chain Cold Storage has pulled them off its shelves.

According to a Thomson Reuters report, nine Australians have contracted hepatitis A after eating the contaminated berries which were packed in China.

The importer apologised on Tuesday as the food scare spreads.

Cold Storage confirmed yesterday that the frozen berry products were removed from the supermarket, reported The Straits Times.

Other supermarket chains like FairPrice and Sheng Siong said that they do not carry Patties Food berry products.

Patties Foods chief executive Steven Chaur said: "As a company, we apologise to our consumers and customers for the concern and distress this is causing."

According to The Straits Times, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore has advised those who bought the affected products not to consume them.

It is also reportedly working with the importer to remove them from the sale.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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