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August 3, 2021 | by:

Public Health Notice: Hepatitis A infections linked to frozen mangos in Canada

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Office is advising Islanders of a cluster of Hepatitis A infections across the country which have been linked to frozen mango products.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Chief Public Health Office, is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A. At this time, there are no known cases linked to this outbreak in Prince Edward Island. There have been two cases reported in Quebec and one in Nova Scotia.

The frozen mangoes have been distributed to several provinces and territories within Canada and sold under various brands. The following products have been recalled:

 

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Nature’s Touch Mangoes (frozen) 2 kg 8 73668 00180 7 Best Before
2022 NO 09
Compliments Mango Mania (frozen) 600 g 0 55742 50430 9 Best Before
2022 NO 10 and
2022 DE 18
Irresistibles Mango Chunks (frozen) 600 g 0 59749 87600 1 Best Before
2022 NO 10
President’s Choice Mango Chunks (frozen) 600 g 0 60383 99387 0

 

Best Before
2022 NO 06 and
2022 NO 10

 

Individuals are advised not to eat the recalled food product and throw out the products if currently stored at their home. Wash and sanitize any drawers or shelves in fridge and freezer areas where recalled products were stored.

Post-exposure vaccination of Prophylaxis Hep A vaccine (PEP) is recommended for anyone who consumed the recalled product in the last 14 days. Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within 14 days of exposure. Anyone who has consumed one of the identified products within past 14 days of consuming the product should call public health at (902) 368-4530. Those who are already double vaccinated with the Hepatitis A vaccine or the Hepatitis A/B vaccine (TWINRIX™), do not need to call public health if they have consumed the products. If it has been more that 14 days since you consumed the recalled product and you feel well, there is no need to contact Public Health.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Fever
  • Dark urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps or abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

 

This recall was triggered by findings during an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

More details can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website.