You may have heard that Food Standards Australia New Zealand have initiated yet another recall of imported frozen berries because of concerns that a product is linked with several confirmed cases of Hepatitis A.
It is understandable that you will have concerns about the frozen berry products you stock at present. Consumers will be looking for a choice beyond availability and price; they’ll be looking for berries that are safe, sustainably grown and that are produced using stringent quality control measures.
My Berries is one of a very small number of premium, frozen berry specialists that always exclusively source all their berries from Australian growers.
We spoke to Stuart McGruddy from My Berries who said that “While the source of this Hepatitis A outbreak has not been confirmed, it is most likely to have occurred in the growing stage. Australian growers regularly have their water and produce tested for bacteria and viruses to demonstrate that their produce is safe to eat and sustainably grown. This process is carried out by on-farm assurance programs, such as Freshcare.”
As a former executive chef who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay’s Pétrus, Mr McGruddy is fastidious when it comes to food safety and quality ingredients.
“It is extremely important that consumers are able to recognise the difference between berries that are packed in Australia and those that are actually grown and processed here. Frozen berries are a raw product and often consumed without further preparation – how they’re grown and regulated really matters.”
If you would like more information about My Berries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at The Grocer or click here to see the range.