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article imageCFIA and PCAH issue food, public health notice for Hepatitis A

By Karen Graham     Apr 16, 2016 in Food
The Canadian Food Inspection Service (CFIA) and Nature's Touch have issued a recall of the company's Berry Cherry Blend from the marketplace due to possible contamination of the product with Hepatitis A.
The product under this recall notice, Nature's Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend, is a frozen berry mix sold exclusively at Costco locations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, according to CTV News Canada.
The CFIA website states that the product under this recall notice was sold in 1.5 kg packages with best before dates up to and including Mar. 16, 2018 (UPC code 8 73668 00179 1). Anyone who has the product is urged to throw it out, or return it to the location from which it was purchased.
Public health notice associated with this recall
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued a public health notice in association with Nature's Touch Berry Cherry Blend product recall. PHAC and federal and provincial health authorities are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A infections in three provinces linked to the frozen fruit product.
So far, 12 people have gotten sick after consuming the recalled product. The 12 cases of Hepatitis A are in three provinces related to this outbreak: Ontario (9), Quebec (2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1).
If you suspect you have been exposed to the recalled product, or have symptoms consistent for Hepatitis A, see your health care provider immediately. Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within two weeks of exposure.
Hepatitis A is a viral disease that can cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis A can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. You can get the Hepatitis A virus by consuming contaminated food or water or through contact with an infected person's stool.
The Food Poisoning Bulletin advises consumers who have purchased this product: Do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package so other people and animals can’t eat it, or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling this product.
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