After this episode, the industry indicates that marketers in the United States will take “extra precautions” on products.
Resuming operations and reducing any risk of repetition of events like the prevention of Listeria associated with the seizure of 3,000 boxes of Chilean fruit in the United States will be the main task of the forward Rio Duero and Subsole, the exporter and packaging, respectively, of the specified controlled products. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
And it is from the industry that they argue that, although the rapid response revealed the effectiveness of the protocols in the country for such situations, in any case, this inevitably worsens the image. What is equally important for companies that are at least among the 25 most relevant in the industry.
In the case of Rio Duero, which is run by its owner, Diego Ruiz Taglet, the strength of his business lies in the blueberry business, where he is among the ten most important players in the production of stone fruit (or stone fruit, such as apricots). ) and cherries.
In the case of Subsole, a group of prominent entrepreneurs, such as Miguel Allamand and Eduardo Rodriguez, stands out as one of the largest fruit exporters in Chile, with an extensive presence in grain crops across the country who position it. Table grapes is one of the key areas of the country's fruit industry, complemented by a wide portfolio of contacts in international markets.
Regarding the future activities of both companies in the US market, the Association of Fruit Exporters (Asoex) and the Federation of Fruit Producers (Fedefruta) stated that they would resume their activities as usual, without expecting more stringent measures. part of marketers in this country. "Although some additional precautions will be taken by buyers, but this is the first situation (FDA registered), so there should be no more problems," said Asoex President Ronald Baun yesterday.
From the fruit export sector they fired that this event leads to a deterioration in commercial relations with the United States. In this regard, Bown said that for the FDA, such situations are repeated, indicating that "over the past six months I have heard of four or five cases of Listeria" in this country.
The leader stressed that the warning was a “preventive process” and that today, according to information from the United States, “there was not a single situation in which it could have resulted in insufficient consumption or a consequence of eating this fruit.” In addition, assured that the fruit, which may contain bacteria, does not currently exist, because it was packed on December 27-28. "Currently there are no stone fruits that may be in good condition, this fruit is very short-lived. The controversial fruit is no longer real physically, "he said.
Bown said that “protocols are respected” and that “standard samples of self-control, carried out before and after possible initial detection, yielded results without the presence of listeria”.
He recalled that this is the first time that Chile appears in the FDA report, but stressed that the fruit was destroyed, and that the rest of the packaging process was tracked, and that they did not show contamination with these bacteria.
According to Bauna, the companies conducted a follow-up check of the dubious lot in an independent laboratory, which showed that the fruits and lines were “free of listeria”, and excluded their presence in local products.
Academician and Doctor of Nutrition at the Agronomy Department of the Catholic University Angelika Fellenberg indicated that companies acted well in warning the authorities, because Listeria is a bacterium that can be very serious for certain groups of people. Most of the healthy population produces only gastroenteritis, which will last two or three days. In contrast, immunocompromised pregnant women and the elderly can have serious consequences and even lead to death.
"Listeriosis, when it crosses the small intestine, is capable of producing certain very serious toxins that can cause sepsis in the case of abortions of pregnant women and preterm labor and meningitis." In these groups, mortality from Listeria can reach 30%, this is very serious, ”says Fellenberg.
He adds that this is “a bacterium that has zero tolerance, cannot be found in food,” so the export company very well advised the country of destination to take appropriate preventive measures.