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Food recall update

The Australia-wide frozen berries recall has been extended to include Nanna’s Raspberries (frozen), 1kg plastic bags.

The recall includes all best before dates up to and including 15/09/2016.

Queensland Health Communicable Diseases Unit Senior Director Dr Sonya Bennett said five cases of Hepatitis A were linked with the products that could be purchased from Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other independent supermarkets.

"Only a small minority of people who consume the berries will become infected," she said.

"While there is no specific treatment for hepatitis A, most cases fully recover and there are usually no long term effects as a direct result of infection.

"Symptoms of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, nausea, fever and chills, tiredness and lethargy, and yellow skin or eyes.

"However, hepatitis A can be a serious condition if untreated and I urge anyone who has developed symptoms to contact their GP or 13 HEALTH."

Dr Bennett said these symptoms usually show up between 28-30 days after infection, but they can take up to 50 days.

Hepatitis A is spread when traces of faecal matter containing the virus contaminate hands, objects, water or food and is then taken in by mouth.

If a person has infectious hepatitis A, they can easily spread it to others in the household. Correct hand washing is essential to limit the spread.

People with hepatitis A should not return to work, school or child care until they are no longer infectious which is at least seven days after the onset of jaundice.

There is a safe and effective vaccine that provides protection against hepatitis A infection for children and adults.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their GP or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

More information about hepatitis A is available on the Queensland Health website or you can listen to Dr Bennett's media conference on our SoundCloud page.

Last updated: 9 December 2016