Rumours about Hepatitis A-infected Romanian blueberries denied
The Spanish firm Healthy Food Commodities focuses its activities on the import of fresh blueberries, walnuts, mushrooms and salty snacks (crackers, sticks and pretzels) from countries such as Romania, Serbia, Poland and Moldavia. At the same time, it is also devoted to the export of Spanish nuts, fruit and vegetables to Eastern Europe.
“As operators in the berry business, present in all production and sales stages, we guarantee that the produce of Romanian origin meets our quality standards and is suitable for human consumption,” explains Raluca Mudava, Manager of Healthy Food Commodities. (photo)
“From this position, we have been able to respond to the news circulating in the media, which we believe to be purposely harmful, unverified information, denying it to reassure producers, importers, great retail chains and final consumers,” she states. “We support sustainability in a business which is becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain, and even more with this kind of news which we currently have to deny, as Healthy Food Commodities guarantees fresh Romanian blueberries in perfect conditions for human consumption.”
As for the news article in question, we provide the following verified information: “On 14 September 2012, a Romanian company supplied its exclusive client in Italy with a 1,980 kilo batch of frozen wild blueberries, and the same day, the Italian firm received two more shipments from Poland and Bulgaria. On 19 June 2013, a warning was raised about a Hepatitis A outbreak (almost a year later); an outbreak presumably caused by a Romanian batch.”
“It is worth noting that on 19 June 2013 there was no Romanian blueberry harvest as a result of the weather conditions and time of the year; however, an inspection from the National Sanitary, Veterinary and Food Safety Authority of Romania (ANSVSA) was quickly carried out at the facilities of the Romanian supplier and the conclusion reached was that this supplier meets all European health regulations and that there was no trace of Hepatitis A at the facilities. Consequently, ANSVSA informed the relevant Italian authorities about the result and the issue was considered resolved.”
Healthy Food For Healthy Life blueberries.
“Along with the relevant Government authorities and the media, we will start an investigation to find out who was responsible for the misinformation so that compensation for damages can received,” asserted Raluca Mudava.
Additionally, she announced that they believe that, “behind all this, there are presumably people interested in damaging the reputation of Romanian products to devalue them and speculate after buying them for unfairly low prices. At Healthy Food Commodities we believe in fair trade, as we believe that producers, who carry out the hardest part of the job, must also be the ones earning the most.”
For more information:
Raluca Mudava (CEO)
T: +34 964 743 044
M: +34 606 589 139
Publication date: 7/18/2013