Chinese berries to be tested 100%

Nanna's mixed berries.
Nanna's mixed berries.

THE imported berries linked to 18 cases of Hepatitis A will be subject to "100% testing at the border", Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday.

Mr Abbott said the Food Standards Australia-New Zealand had told the government the "suspect berries" were a risk to health and would be tested.

The health department said the Nanna's Mixed Berries, imported from China, were the only brand directly linked to the disease, but two other brands were removed from sale as a precaution. But Agriculture Department public servants told Senate Estimates on Monday compliance had no plans to change surveillance on imported berries.

Secretary Paul Grimes said the department had responded "decisively" to the outbreak.

In Question Time, Mr Abbott said the FSANZ, the food safety regulator, had confirmed the Nanna's Mixed Berries were a medium risk and health authorities were examining the issue.

"(The berries) will be subject to 100% testing," Mr Abbott said.

Topics:  berries health hepatitis a

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