On Friday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that frozen mangoes sold under the Nature’s Touch, Compliments, Irresistibles and President’s Choice brands were affected by the recall.
This decision was triggered by an investigation by various federal and provincial health agencies.
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According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the outbreak is considered continuous because “recent illnesses continue to be reported.” In addition to Nova Scotia and Quebec, the products have also been sold in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
As of Saturday, two laboratory-confirmed hepatitis A cases are under investigation in Quebec and one in Nova Scotia. The people were between 23 and 63 years old and fell ill from the end of March to mid-June of this year.
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“Based on the results of the investigation to date, exposure to frozen mangoes has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak,” PHAC said in a press release.
“Two of the people who fell ill said they had eaten frozen mangoes before their illness started. Frozen mango remains were collected from the homes of sick people and tested positive for hepatitis A. “
No one was hospitalized and there were no deaths related to this recall.
“The CFIA is continuing its food safety investigation, which may result in the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings, ”the agency notes.
“It is possible that more recent illnesses will be reported during the outbreak because there is a period of time between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported to public health officials. For this outbreak, the disease reporting period is between two and six weeks. “
Hepatitis A infections can occur in people of all ages, but their severity tends to increase with age. People with underlying liver disease are also at increased risk for serious disease.
Symptoms include fever, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea, cramps, and jaundice. These symptoms usually appear 14 to 28 days after exposure, but can appear up to 50 days later.
Symptoms usually last “less than two months,” says PHAC.
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Anyone who has the recalled mango products should not eat them. Products can be discarded or returned to the store where they were purchased. Mangoes should be sealed in a plastic bag and people should wash their hands with soapy water and sanitize all surfaces after handling them.
In addition, people ordering mango products from restaurants are recommended to ask staff if the fruit is part of the recall.
People who suspect they have been exposed to a recalled product or who are exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should see a health care provider “immediately,” says PHAC.
“Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if it is administered within 14 days of exposure,” the agency notes.