‘You can’t test your way to safe food.’ This saying has been attributed to many folks, including Doug. Not sure who said it first (and it really doesn’t matter). What the phrase means is that to have certainly of the safety of food, you’d have to test it all; for all the pathogens.
So folks correctly resort to some sort of sampling program that includes the environment and the food. And they look for indicators.
I’ve never heard of anyone screening foods, like pineapple cups, for the hepatitis A virus.
Maybe someone is. Or at least that’s what this headline from the aptly named and go-to-source for all things food safety, Big Country XX, says, ‘Hepatitis A virus found in product that was sold in Grande Prairie.’
Was it really found in it? How did the virus get there? How did someone decide to look for it? What assay was used.
BC CDC, who appears to be the original source of the info, doesn’t say much about why they think Hep a is in the fruit.
So many unanswered questions.