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Australia recalls frozen berries after hepatitis outbreak

An Australian food firm has recalled all packs of frozen berries after a hepatitis A outbreak linked to a Chinese packaging plant.

Officials believe the outbreak may be linked to poor hygiene and water supplies at the Chinese firm, after five people fell ill after eating the Nanna's Mixed Berries, which are produced by Patties Foods Ltd.

The frozen berries were packaged in China Credit: Patties Foods Ltd/New South Wales Food Authority

The issue has reignited concerns about food safety in Chinese exports, after more than 11,000 schoolchildren in Germany were struck down by vomiting and diarrhoea which authorities linked to frozen strawberries imported from China.

The particular risk that we've identified here is that a country that has endemic hepatitis A, that is China, has been involved with packing these berries.

Clearly there's strong evidence that there may have been a contamination during the packing process as they are fully sealed and then transported to Australia.

– Finn Romanes, Victoria state Food Authority


Two charged over 'imminent terror attack' in Sydney

Australian counter-terrorism police said they had thwarted an imminent attack linked to the Islamic State militant group after arresting two men in Sydney.

Australia has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown Islamist radicals. It raised its national terror threat level to 'high' for the first time in September, when hundreds of police conducted raids after receiving information that a radical group planned to conduct a public beheading.

New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn speaks during a media conference Credit: Reuters

Police said the men arrested after a raid on a home in a western Sydney suburb had been charged with planning a terrorist act.

Australian police 'thwart imminent IS attack'

Australian counterterrorism police said they had thwarted an imminent attack linked to the Islamic State militant group after arresting two men in Sydney on Tuesday.

"When we did the search of the premises, a number of items were located, including a machete, a hunting knife, a home-made flag representing the prescribed terrorist organisation IS, and also a video which depicted a man talking about carrying out an attack," New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters.

"We will allege that both of these men were preparing to do this act yesterday."


Substitute James Troisi seals first Asian Cup trophy for Australia

The celebrations in Australia will live long into the night. Credit: Reuters

Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in a pulsating final on Saturday.

South Korea's Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into the extra half an hour, cancelling out Massimo Luongo's strike on the stroke of halftime.

It was just before another break with 105 minutes on the clock that Troisi put the ball into the net from close range to make Australia champions of Asia nine years after they switched from the Oceania confederation.

Abbott wins Australian young cricketer of the year

Sean Abbott has had a tough time recently. Credit: PA

Australian all-rounder Sean Abbott has been named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year less than two months after bowling the ball that caused Phil Hughes' tragic death.

The New South Wales player was given the award after earning 42 per cent of the vote from his fellow cricketers.

I feel privileged to receive such an award, especially after a couple of good seasons in a row on the field and some tough off seasons pushing myself to continually improve.

I feel that this is a reward for a lot of good work and finally putting some consistent good performances together.

I am looking to improve my cricket every day and to keep putting good performances on the board for the NSW Blues and the Sydney Sixers and if I continue to perform consistently well, hopefully contribute to the Australian cricket team down the track.

– Sean Abbott
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