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Put your hand up if you’re a fan of smoothies. What else could you possibly need out of a cup? They’re sweet, nutritious and a great way to get your daily does of fruit and veggies.

But we all don’t have access to year round fresh fruits like strawberries and blueberries – a true staple in most smoothies – and will often turn to pre-packaged frozen fruit mixes to make our morning blend.

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A recent Australian recall may have you second guessing your fruit sources.

In Australia this past week, Victorian distributor Patties Foods issued a recall on their 1 kilogram packages of Nanna’s frozen berried and 300 gram and 500 gram packs of creative gourmet mixed berries.

What is the reason you ask? Health authorities have confirmed multiple hepatitis cases in four states across the country and are expecting that number to grow.

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According to the company, the contamination has been linked to poor hygiene and unsanitary water conditions in the Chinese packaging plant.

Although this may not have happened on home soil, the danger is a very real one for us too. A large majority of the frozen fruits are imported and packaged in country’s with drastically different health protocols.

American food manufacturers are notoriously bad at transparency, so much so that our neighbours to the north have threatened to increase import tariffs on all American made food products.

How can we be sure (with American loose label laws) that the conditions in which our foods are packaged are safe?

My advice, stay away from packaging altogether. So you can’t have a strawberry smoothy in January, there are plenty of fresh and organic fruits to choose from at your local grocer that will taste just as good in your smoothie!

Article originally published:

http://www.brw.com.au/p/marketing/poo_in_frozen_berries_but_abbott_e56oSL1xHlTAMdX9tlLY7I

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