Nature’s Touch is recalling their Organic Berry Cherry Blend frozen fruit product due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. The product is sold exclusively at Costco in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the affected product:
Currently there are 14 reported cases of Hepatitis A in three provinces: nine in Ontario, three in Quebec, and one in Newfoundland and Labrador. Three cases led to hospitalization.
What should you do?
If you have the recalled product in your home, it should be thrown out or returned to the store. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advises that food contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus may not look or smell spoiled. If contracted, Hepatitis A is usually mild and starts about 15 to 50 days after the contaminated food is eaten. Typically the illness lasts for a week or two, although it can last up to 6 months and can cause inflammation of the liver. Symptoms can include fever, low appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and yellowing in the whites of the eyes and the skin (jaundice). If you suspect you’ve become ill from eating a recalled product, the CFIA recommends contacting your doctor.
In response to the recall, Costco Canada is offering free vaccine clinics at all Costco locations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. The Hepatitis A vaccine can be used to prevent illness if given within two weeks of a person’s potential exposure to the virus. A full list of the dates, times and locations of the vaccine clinics is available here.