More warnings issued about pineapple products in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan

A warning about hepatitis A in packaged pineapple chunks has been expanded to include more fruit products sold in 58 stores in B.C. and Alberta.

(TMTV.NET)   – Both Alberta Health Services and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control says the ready-to-go fruit cups, fruit salads and pineapples were sold at Save-on-Foods, Overwaitea Foods and PriceSmart Foods locations in the two provinces last month.

The products were also sold at Ferraro Foods in Trail, B.C., and at Save-On-Foods in Yorkton, Sask.

Initially the warning applied only to Western Family fresh pineapple chunks, but it was expanded to include fresh peeled and cored pineapple, fresh fruit salad and fresh citrus salad.

UPDATE: Hepatitis A in pineapple chunks

UPDATE: The ongoing investigation into hepatitis A virus in pineapple chunks has identified additional products that may be affected.
The products implicated in connection with the investigation were sold at Overwaitea, Save-on-Foods and PriceSmart stores throughout BC, as well as Ferraro Foods in Trail, BC.

Additional products:

  • Fresh pineapple chunks 227g and 425g
  • Fresh peeled & cored pineapple 16oz
  • Fresh fruit salad 198g, 227g and 425g
  • Fresh citrus salad 226g
The products were Western Family brand, or unbranded, and all had a best before date of August 19, 2017.
Information is also available under Product Alerts on the Save-On-Foods website: https://www.saveonfoods.com/product-alerts/
For ongoing updates on the impact of this matter in Alberta, please see www.ahs.ca
Vaccine is effective in preventing hepatitis A infection if the product was eaten within the last 14 days. For more about the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A, as well as how to receive free hepatitis A vaccine in your health authority, see the original news release below.
Vancouver – The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning consumers that Hepatitis A virus has been detected in a sample of Western Family brand fresh pineapple chunks sold in ready-to-go cups.
Current information indicates the cups were produced on August 11th and distributed to 38 Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods and PriceSmart Foods stores in BC.
The fruit cups may have been on sale from August 11th and had a best before date of August 19th.
The investigation is ongoing. Other products are believed to be affected and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

What you can do

Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days after exposure.
  • If you consumed this product on August 18th or later, you should receive a dose of hepatitis A vaccine.
  • If you develop symptoms of hepatitis A, contact your family doctor and local health unit office immediately.
  • Consumers who have frozen the product should discard it.

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