Hepatitis A viruses in strawberry yogurt slices?

The manufacturer "Aerzener Brot und Kuchen GmbH" warns against consuming its product "Natreen strawberry yoghurt slices 400 g". Individual batches may contain viruses that trigger hepatitis A. Consumers who have already bought the food product should never eat it .

With a recent report, Aerzener Brot und Kuchen GmbH has informed authorities and consumers that individual batches of product "Natreen Strawberry Yogurt Sliced ​​400 Grams" could be contaminated with hepatitis A viruses. According to the company, all affected goods are already affected removed from shelves in supermarkets as part of a recall.

Imported strawberries may be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus The recall was initiated because the manufacturer was informed by the responsible authorities that the strawberries imported from China could be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. A first suspicion arose after authorities in Belgium had laboratory-tested strawberries from the same supplier. Accordingly, the contamination that may have occurred did not arise during the manufacturing process in Germany, but already abroad. However, those strawberries were also used to produce the "natreen strawberry yoghurt slices" with a weight of 400 grams

After announcing the official information, the food manufacturer of the "natreen strawberry yoghurt slices" has started an immediate investigation and stopped further production. In addition, the company and the pre-supplier arranged for a laboratory test. Fortunately, no hepatitis A viruses have so far been found in the strawberries. However, the official end result of the food inspection authority is still pending.

Do not consume, but bring it back to the store According to the manufacturer, contaminated strawberries could have entered production, which is why certain batches have been removed from the store as a precaution. There are a total of four cuts in each pack. Batch numbers are affected: batch L 12048 with an expiry date until 05/2013, batch L 12083 with an expiry date until 06/2013, batch L 12114 with an expiry date until 07/2013, batch L 12145 with an expiry date until 09/2013, batch L 12180 with an expiry date until 10/2013 and batch L 12297 with an expiry date until 01/2014.

Consumers who have already bought the batches mentioned should under no circumstances consume the product, but should bring it back to the store. The purchase price will be reimbursed there on presentation of the receipt. The supermarket can then dispose of the product properly. So far, the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Thuringia have been affected.

Hepatitis A is caused by viruses. The main symptom of the infectious disease is acute inflammation of the liver. The disease usually heals without serious complications. In the most common cases, the viruses are transmitted through contaminated food or drinking water. The incubation period is 25 to 30 days. The first symptoms are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, light bowel movements and dark urine. Jaundice rarely occurs.

Update Nov 25, 2012: The samples taken by the authorities themselves were also found to be unsuccessful. This means that hepatitis viruses could not be found in the samples. Additional sample results will be available earlier this week. In addition, the original assumption that the strawberries sold in Belgium are identical to those processed in Germany does not seem to be confirmed, as the company said in a statement today. (sb)

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