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Recall issued for Medjool dates linked to hepatitis A in New South Wales

An urgent recall has been issued for a brand of Medjool dates after several people developed a serious illness after eating the product. 

Three people in New South Wales were diagnosed with a unique and dangerous strain of hepatitis A in recent weeks. Health authorities believe they acquired from eating Jordan River Dates.  Genetic testing of the infected persons identified a strain of hepatitis A not detected before in Australia. 

It was found to be identical to a strain which caused an outbreak in the United Kingdom earlier this year and was linked to fresh Medjool dates imported from Jordan. 

NSW Health and the NSW Food Authority have advised consumers to stop eating the product and throw the dates away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

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