Testing is necessary evil not food safety solution: Company ignores epi says tests are clean

Despite 31 people sickened with Hepatitis A linked by epidemiology to frozen berries from China, Australian food manufacturer Patties Foods is bragging that tests on its recalled frozen berries from China  are negative.

FROZEN BERRIES RECALLPatties Foods sent about 360 packs of recalled and non-recalled frozen berries for testing at accredited viral laboratories in Europe, North America and Australia, but neither hepatitis A norE. coli was detected in any sample.

Steven Chaur, Patties Foods CEO, said in a statement, “Extensive microbiological and viral testing conducted by Patties Foods shows no evidence of systemic failure of Patties Foods’ quality assurance programs.”


Anyone in food safety knows that testing is the last resort and proves nothing.