After the episode, the industry shows that retailers in the United States will take "additional precautions" for their products.
To continue to work and reduce the risk of repetition of events similar to the Listeria Warning, which included the withdrawal of 3,000 boxes of Chilean fruit in the United States, will be the main task of Rio Duero and Subsole, the exporter and the packaging of these controlled products by the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA).
It is from the industry that although the rapid reaction has shown the effectiveness of the protocol in the country for such situations, in any case, inevitable deterioration of the image. Not less for companies that are at least among the 25 most relevant in the industry.
In the case of Rio Duero, managed by its owner, Diego Ruiz Tagle, the power of his operations is in the work with blueberries – where he is among the ten most important actors – in stone fruit (or chicory fruit, such as apricots). ) and cherry.
In the case of Subsole – a group of prominent entrepreneurs such as Miguel Allamand and Eduardo Rodríguez – stands out as one of the largest exporters of fruit in Chile, with a large presence in crops throughout the country that position it Among the five largest table grape operators, one of the key the area of the fruit industry in the country, is complemented by a broad portfolio of contacts in international markets.
As for the future business of both companies on the US market, the Fruit Export Association (Asoex) and the Federation of Fruit Manufacturers (Fedefruta) have said they will continue to work normally without anticipating stricter measures. a part of the merchants in that country. "While some customers will take some additional precautions, but this is the first situation (registered by the FDA) so there should be no major problems," Asoex President Ronald Bown said yesterday.
Relations with the United States
From the fruit production sector, they declined this event to worsen trade relations with the United States. With that in mind, Bown said that the FDA is constantly repeating such situations, suggesting that I have "heard about four or five case cases in the last six months" in that country.
Lider noted that the warning is a "preventive process" and that to date, according to information from the United States, "there was no situation where eventually it could have occurred, there was inadequate consumption or consequences of the consumption of this fruit." Also, he assured that the fruit that could have bacteria is currently out of date because it is packed on December 27 and 28. "There is no stone fruit that could be available in good condition at this time, this fruit is very short. The tested fruit no longer exists physically, he said.
Bown said that "protocols are respected" and that "routine self-control samples performed before and after any initial detection have yielded results without the presence of a list".
He reminded that this was the first time that Chile appeared in the FDA report, but stressed that the crop was destroyed and that the rest of the packaging process was followed and that it did not show contamination with these bacteria.
According to Bown, companies carried out subsequent checks at the surveyed park – an independent lab – that showed fruits and lines "unlisted" and excluded their presence in local products.
Academician and nutritionist at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Catholic University, Angela Fellenberg, pointed out that the companies responded well to the authorities' warning, because the bacteria listeria could be very serious for certain groups of people. Most healthy populations produce only gastroenteritis that will last two to three days. Conversely, pregnant women, immunocompromised and elderly people can have serious consequences and even cause death.
"Listeria after crossing the small intestine has the ability to produce certain toxins that are very serious and can cause septicemia in the case of abortion and premature birth and meningitis." 30%, is very serious, "says Fellenberg.
He adds that it is a "bacterium that has zero tolerance, can not be found in food", so the export company has very well advised the country of destination to take appropriate preventive measures.