Product recalls: Norovirus in frowzen strawberries

Last week Norovirus was detected in frozen strawberries from Frost Import GmbH. The presence of Norovirus caused product recalls in Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

© Leif Algotsson

© Leif Algotsson

Following foodproducts and batches are affected:

Denmark – ALDI DK

All Seasons frosne jordbær Charge: 150.605 MHD 27.04.2017

Germany -ALDI Nord

Golden Fruit Charge 150606 MHD 28.04.2017

Golden Fruit Charge 150655  MHD 05.05.2017

Switzerland – ALDI Suisse

Sweet Valley strawberries

According to information of the RASFF Portal Norovirus genotype II was detected in samples with Egypt as state of origin.

Noticeable is the long period from sampling (beginning of may) to official reporting of the results and product recalls (middle of June).

Regarding this fact we would like to refer to our fast and specific methods for the detection of norovirus.

Using the SureFast® PREP DNA/RNA Kit RNA can be extracted from concentrated washing fluids. Generated RNA can be analysed using the real-time PCR RT kits  SureFast® Norovirus PLUS or the multiplex PCR SureFast® Norovirus /Hepatitis A 3plex. The methods are based on  DIN CEN ISO/TS 15216-1 Horizontal method for determination of hepatitis A virus and norovirus in food using real-time RT-PCR. Within only a few hours clear results could be generated.

In case of a positive result, the differentiation between genotype I and II can be performed in our lab.

Please contact us for further requests.

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