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Schools notify parents of possible frozen berry use

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A small number of primary schools and child care centres have reported to the Department for Education and Child Development that they may have served frozen berries from batches identified as being potentially contaminated with Hepatitis A.

Principals and directors at the sites are contacting all parents to notify them of the possible risk and provide them with the advice issued by SA Health.

This advice follows on from Patties Foods Ltd recalling Nanna’s Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries (frozen) from Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other independent supermarkets nationally due to a potential Hepatitis A contamination.

DECD Chief Education Officer, Jayne Johnston, said that while advice suggested that the infection risk was low, DECD facilities are rightly taking a cautious approach.

“Parents will be understandably concerned to receive the letter but I would like to emphasise that SA Health advises that the risk is considered to be quite low and the product recall was being undertaken as a precaution.

“I would encourage parents who received a letter to familiarise themselves with the information from SA Health setting out the symptoms.

“If their child has any symptoms they should visit their GP.”

Ms Johnston said that an alert has been sent to all DECD schools, preschools, child care centres and Families SA facilities notifying them of the potentially contaminated products and advising them to dispose of these.

“DECD has a clear process for dealing with infectious diseases and we have advised staff to follow the infection control procedures and keep a close eye out for children presenting with possible symptoms.

“If parents have any concerns about the food served at their child’s school or preschool they should speak with the principal or director.”

Members of the public seeking advice on the possible contamination should visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.