Since Monday 16 February, a number of Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) sites have reported that they may have served frozen berries from batches identified as being potentially contaminated with Hepatitis A.
Principals and directors at the sites have been actively contacting parents of affected children and affected workers 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 nationally 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.
To date, 22 DECD sites have reported to the Department the possible use of contaminated frozen berries at their site.
The following DECD sites have notified parents of affected children:
- McKay Children's Centre - Smoothies containing frozen berries were consumed by children
- Warradale Primary School - Frozen berries used in muffins were sold at the school
- Andamooka Primary School (staff only) - Staff consumed cake containing frozen berries - no students involved
- Hendon Primary School OHSC - Frozen berries used on a fruit plate and in smoothies consumed by children
- Walkerville Primary School - Smoothies containing frozen berries were consumed by children
- Nuriootpa Community Children's Centre - Frozen berries used in ice cream/yoghurt consumed by children
- Jamestown Community Children's Centre - Frozen berries used to make smoothies, yoghurt, ice blocks, muffins consumed by children
- Jamestown Community School - Frozen berries used in cooking/food products - consumed by children and two staff
- Millicent High School - Three students consumed cake made with frozen berries
- Wirreanda Secondary School (staff only) - Staff members had muffins prior to school term. Unknown if berries were contaminated. No risk to student exposure as berries have not been used in the canteen this year
- Port Augusta Secondary School - Pavlova consumed by students - unsure of the exact brand of frozen berries.
It is possible that other DECD sites may be identified in the coming days, and parents of affected children will continue to be notified as required.
This information will continue to be updated and made available on the DECD website. Media are advised to check the DECD website for any updates.