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    The coles brand are from Chile but packed here in Australia. I rang the consumer line as we had eaten the coles ones recently. To my understanding Patties have been getting their berries from china and chile and the packing has been happening in china.

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    Ah ok.. But if packed here shouldn't they be washed here so less risk? The mccain ones are from us and Europe apparently.. So if no aussie ones that would be my next option

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    Yes I agree. Im not touching any berries unless they are from Australia and are fresh. Ive kept the packet of the ones we recently ate just incase they do become included in the recall.

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    There has been Hep A contamination scares in Australia too, not berries AFAIK, but other foods. Just FYI.

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    Apparently where the raspberries are picked, is one of the most polluted places in China (Shandong). There are a lot of chemical plants in the city and the number of people who develop cancer in Shandong is quite large. This is where those fruits are picked. It's terrifying. I don't understand how importing produce like that is allowed. Hep A isn't the only thing to worry about...it's the carcinogens and god knows what else.

    The first time I ever actually purchased raspberries, they were "fresh". When I took them home that same day and opened the punnet to eat them, they were mouldy. My SIL has said a lot of the time when she has tried to buy fresh in the past they had mould on them too. I didn't notice it when I bough them at Woolworths because the ones I could see were fine. So since then I started buying the frozen ones at Aldi because I thought they would just be better. I will not be buying small berries anymore. I don't trust the so-called fresh or frozen ones any longer. And I'm really annoyed that I feel like I can't eat a particular fruit I enjoy because I don't trust the companies that purchase and distribute them.

    Even other products that claim to be "made in australia"...I work in importing. I know when they say "made in australia" a lot of the time, they buy whatever they need to make the product overseas, and then they put it together here. Although I'm not sure about the ones that have the kangaroo on the packaging. People need to be VERY wary if they intend on buying only Australian made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slipper View Post
    Ah ok.. But if packed here shouldn't they be washed here so less risk? The mccain ones are from us and Europe apparently.. So if no aussie ones that would be my next option
    I was just at woolies and looked at the McCains ones. The mixed berries said product of China or Chile (one of them can't remember which now) but I couldn't see anything on the raspberries.

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    I had some from Chile in the freezer, I threw them out, thought they said Chile yesterday on tv, I had made pancakes with them for the kids but thank god they refused them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slipper View Post
    Ah ok.. But if packed here shouldn't they be washed here so less risk? The mccain ones are from us and Europe apparently.. So if no aussie ones that would be my next option
    I think it's only heat that can kill the bacteria so if it's "in" the fruit washing won't get it all out - the same with pesticides - China still uses pesticides that we have banned here so it really is so much better to buy only Australian grown produce!

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    Apparently there is a report that some schools /daycares fear that may of used contaminated frozen berries..... craptacular

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    Our food authority is a joke - if they even test the Chinese berries ( apparently they only test 5% of all imported goods and can't confirm if they test frozen foods) they don't even test for hep A - even though in the last ten years there has been a heap of hep A contamination from Chinese grown berries in other countries !


 

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