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Produce from Iran possibly affected 17 people

Denmark investigates Hepatitis A outbreak from dates

The Danish Statens Serum Institut (SSI) said nine women and eight men aged 17 to 79 throughout the country have been affected by what is the second national food borne outbreak of hepatitis A in Denmark. The first was in 2013 and was linked to frozen strawberries with 68 cases (38 confirmed) in Denmark. Test results showed the source of infection was likely dates as the patients had eaten this food more often than a control group of healthy Danes.

Earlier this week, retailers RM Import A/S and Rema1000 recalled certain lots of dates. The virus has not been found in the product. RM Import claims their dates are not the source of the virus.

RM Import A/S said it imports dates from Iran and its supplier is FSSC 22000 certified with all workers having health certificates to show they don't have diseases. The firm told FoodQualityNews that it does not believe its dates are the source of the outbreak and they have not tested positive for the virus.

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