Serbia food exports are causing havoc in European Union member countries. The food quality control authorities of France have recalled from the market substantial quantities of frozen raspberries originating from Serbia.

The state of alarm referring to the Serbian contaminated food products was raised yesterday, March 9, 2017, and has spread to all European countries due to the gravity of the situation.

The wild berries cargoes had penetrated to the territory of France via Belgium and both countries have raised the state of alert to the maximum due to the frozen berries contamination with Norovirus.

The European Commission Alert Center has declared the whole situation as 'SERIOUS' due to potential outbreaks of pathogenic microorganisms of norovirus present in the raspberry shipments from Serbia. Click here for the official alert

French and Belgium authorities have ordered a complete recall of the said Serbian food quantities and are investigating to understand how it was possible for such a dangerous food quantity could penetrate its border controls as well as potential health consequences to citizens of their own countries.

All European Union member countries have tightened their border controls for Serbian food, especially fruit and vegetable shipments because Norovirus is one of the most epidemic viruses in existence.

Due to the proximity of Serbia to Albania, especially to Kosova territory such a state of alert brings about major concerns due to the economic trade volume between the countries.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can make you very sick with diarrhea, throwing up, and stomach pain. The virus can easily contaminate food because it is very tiny and infective. It only takes a very small amount of virus particles to make someone sick.

Foods can also be contaminated at their source, it is especially alarming because fruit and vegetables are contaminated in the field, placing very serious doubts on all food products originating form Serbia.

Infected food workers are frequently the source of the outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, with their bare hands before serving them. However, any food served raw or handled after being cooked can get contaminated with norovirus.

AgroWeb calls for the attention of the Albanian and Kosova Food Control authorities to enable tougher examinations for the Serbian food imports in order to avoid the spread of epidemic due to the highly infective form of the virus involved./AgroWeb.org