Sun Dried Tomatoes linked to Hepatitis A

A recent report by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and published on the Euro surveillance website has indicated that several people have received  Hepatitis A through the consumption of Sun Dried Tomatoes.

2 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in October 2011 to the HPA and 5 cases were identified in the Netherlands. In 4 of these cases sun dried tomatoes had been consumed.

The brand or origin of the sun dried tomatoes have not been identified as the health authorities are still investigating.

Hepatitis A is the most common type of Hepatitis and is generally passed through faecal contaminated water or food. It is generally short lived but in severe/rare cases it can result in liver failure.

The contamination could occur at source from faecal contamination from animals or birds. Or it could be the result of poor hygiene of food handlers who are carriers.

In this cases all 7 cases made a full recovery.

Source: Eurosurveillance, HPA





About ABurne

Andy Burne has worked in Technical Management for many years in the food industry. Now he is a certified BRC auditor and provides consultancy to the Food Industry.