The Public Health Agency of Canada has said mangoes are the likely source of a continuing hepatitis A outbreak in Quebec and Nova Scotia. The frozen mangoes have been distributed in New Brunswick, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
Nature’s Touch Frozen Food Inc. products carry the President’s Choice, Compliments, Nature’s Touch and Irresistibles brands.
Here is a list of the recalled products:
|The touch of nature||Mangoes
|2kg||8 73668 00180 7||Best before
2022 NON 09
|600 grams||0 55742 50430 9||Best before
2022 NO 10 et
2022 OF 18
|600 grams||0 59749 87600 1||Best before
2022 NON 10
|the president’s choice||Mango pieces
|600 grams||0 60383 99387 0||Best before
2022 NO 06 et
2022 NON 10
Two people in Quebec and one in Nova Scotia tested positive for hepatitis A after consuming frozen mangoes.
Two of the people who fell ill had eaten frozen mangoes before they started showing symptoms. Leftover frozen mangoes were collected from their homes and tested positive for hepatitis A.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is partnering with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and public health partners to further investigate the outbreak.
For now, they are urging people not to consume the recalled frozen mangoes.
Products may not look or smell bad even if they have been contaminated. People should see a doctor if they have consumed the products and feel sick.
Eating food contaminated with hepatitis A could lead to contracting the virus.
Additional recall possible
Symptoms are normally mild and include fever, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, and yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin. They may not appear until 15 to 50 days after consumption.
A food safety investigation is underway and may result in more product recalls.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods did not immediately respond to requests for comment.