The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is currently investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A virus infection in Quebec and Nova Scotia involving frozen mango products.
“Based on the results of the investigation so far, it has been determined that eating frozen mangoes was the likely cause of the outbreak. Two of those who fell ill said that they had eaten frozen mangoes before the disease appeared. The remaining frozen mangoes were collected from the homes of sick people and a test revealed the presence of Hepatitis A virus,” PHAC said in a statement on Saturday.
The recalled products were sold under various brand names and distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
-Frozen Mango, Nature’s Touch brand, in 2kg format (cup 8 73668 00180 7);
– Luxurious gaps from the Compliments brand (600 g, UPC 0 55742 504309);
– slice of mango, from the Irresistibles brand (600 g, UPC 0 59749 87600 1);
-Chunky Mango, from the President’s Choice brand (600 g, UPC 0 60383 99387 0).
All products are labeled “Best before November 2022” on the packaging.
Infection with the hepatitis A virus is usually accompanied by fever, feeling generally unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. Infection can also cause jaundice (yellowing of the skin and yellow whites of the eyes), dark urine (brown color), and pale stools.
Symptoms may appear up to 50 days after eating contaminated food.
Anyone who has consumed a product affected by the recall is encouraged to consult a health professional.
As of July 31, 2021, three cases of hepatitis A virus infection have been confirmed: two in Quebec and one in Nova Scotia. “There are no reports of hospitalizations or deaths. Those who fell ill are between the ages of 23 and 63, however, the federal body specified.
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