Following the episode, the industry indicates that US traders are taking "extra precautions" for their products.
To resume operations and reduce the risk of recurring events similar to the Listeria Alert, which includes 3000 Chilean fruit withdrawals in the United States, will be the main task of Rio Duero and the Sub-Ring, the exporter and the packaging of the controlled products referred to. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
And that is, from the industry, they argue that, although a quick response revealed the effectiveness of national protocols in this type of situation, it inevitably worsens the image. It is no less for companies that are at least among the 25 most important in the industry.
The strength of Rio Duero, managed by its owner Diego Ruiz Tagle, is in the blueberry business, where it lies among the top ten players – stone fruit (or stone fruit such as apricots). ) and cherries.
As for Subole, a prominent group of entrepreneurs, such as Miguel Allamand and Eduardo Rodríguez, stand out as one of the largest fruit exporters in Chile, with a wide presence in national cultures, which is one of the top five table grape operators, one of the main fruits of the fruit industry. areas in the country, complemented by a broad portfolio of contacts on international markets.
Regarding the future of both US companies, both the Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex) and the Fruit Producers Federation (Fedefruta) stated that they would resume their operations normally without stricter measures. traders in that country. "While buyers will take some extra precautions, but this is the first situation (registered with the FDA), there should be no major problem," said Asoex President Ronald Bons yesterday.
Relations with the US
From the fruit export sector, they refused to say that this event worsened trade relations with the United States. In this regard, Bown said that the FDA repeats this kind of situation, stating that "I have heard four or five cases of listeria in the last six months."
The manager stressed that the warning was a "preventive process" and that up to now, according to the US, "there was no situation where it could end up in consumption or consumption of these fruits was inadequate". Being bacteria is not present at the moment because they were packed on 27 and 28 December. "There is no stone fruit that is currently available in good condition, this fruit is very short-lived. The fruit was no longer physical, ”he said.
Bown said that "protocols are respected" and that "routine self-monitoring samples taken before and after a possible initial detection produced results without the presence of listeria."
He recalled that Chile was first included in the FDA report, but stressed that the fruit was destroyed and that the rest of the packing process had followed and that it did not show the contamination of these bacteria.
According to Bown, companies have carried out further testing of the polled party – an independent laboratory – that has proven that the fruits and lines are "free from listeria" and excluded their presence in local products.
The Faculty of Agronomy of the Catholic University, Angélica Fellenberg, the academic and the doctor pointed out that companies acted well in alerting the authorities, because listeria is a bacterium that can be very serious for some groups of people. Most healthy people only cause gastroenteritis, which will last for two or three days. In contrast, pregnant women, immune system disorders and elderly people can have serious consequences and even death.
"Listeriosis, after crossing the small intestine, is able to produce some toxins that are very serious and can cause septicemia in pregnant women with abortion and premature labor and meningitis." In these groups, listeria mortality can reach 30%, which is very serious, ”says Fellenberg.
He adds that it is a "zero-tolerant bacterium that cannot be found in food", so the export company was very well informed by the country of destination to take appropriate preventive measures.