The following is a message to Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) residents from KFL&A Public Health regarding the recall of frozen mangoes due to possible hepatitis A contamination:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning of Nature’s Touch Frozen Food Inc. various frozen mangoes from the marketplace due to possible hepatitis A contamination. The recalled product information is described below.
· Nature’s Touch frozen mangoes 2 kg; UPC: 873668001807; Best before 2022 NO 09
· Compliments frozen mango mania 600 g; UPC: 055742504309; Best before 2022 NO 10/2022 DE 18
· Irresistibles frozen mango chunks 600 g; UPC: 059749876001; Best before 2022 NO 10
· President’s Choice frozen mango chunks 600 g; UPC: 060383993870; Best before 2022 NO 06/2022 NO 10
Anyone with this frozen fruit product is being asked to discard the product or return it to the store. It should not be eaten. Immunization with Hepatitis A vaccine may be indicated for those over the age of 6 months and have eaten the product within the past 14 days.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms of hepatitis A usually appear within 14 to 28 days of exposure but may take up to 50 days to appear. You may be infected and not have symptoms. If you have symptoms, they can include fever, stomach pain, dark urine, nausea and vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite, jaundice (skin and whites of eyes turn yellow), and clay or ash-coloured bowel movements.
For more information on this recall please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website. If you are experiencing symptoms call your primary care provider or telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. If you have other questions, please call KFL&A Public Health’s communicable disease line at 613-549-1232, ext. 2300, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A public health nurse will be available to answer your questions, assess your situation, and determine if you need a vaccination.
KFL&A Public Health recommends receiving a hepatitis A vaccination if you have consumed the product within the past 14 days. If you were previously immunized with two doses of a hepatitis A vaccine, no further immunization is needed. Immunization clinics specific to the potential hepatitis A exposure have been organized by KFL&A Public Health at 221 Portsmouth Avenue on Sunday, August 1, Monday, August 2, and Tuesday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To book an appointment call 613-549-1232, ext. 2300 and leave a voicemail message with your name, phone number, and the date you consumed the product. Your call will be returned to book your appointment.
Hepatitis A is usually spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. It may also be spread through close contact with an infectious person.
For more information on hepatitis A, visit?KFL&A Public Health’s website.