October 16, 2017

Western Family Pineapple Recalled in Canada for Hepatitis A

Alberta Health Services is warning consumers that the hepatitis A virus has been found in a sample of Western Family brand fresh pineapple chunks sold in ready-to-go cups. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

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The cups were produced on August 12, 2017 and distributed to 58 Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods and PriceSmart Foods stores in Alberta and BC. In Alberta, the product was only sold at Save-On-Foods; you can see a list of the stores at the Alberta Health Services web site. The cups may have been on sale from August 12, 2017 and had a best before date of August 19, 2017.

If you ate this pineapple product, call Health Link by dialing 811. Officials will discuss your history and advise you on any steps you may need to take.

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes infection of the liver. Illness can occur within 15 to 50 days after exposure. People can be infectious one to two weeks before symptoms occur.

The symptoms of hepatitis A include tiredness, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, jaundice, dark urine, and clay-colored stools. This illness can be prevented through immunization. If you do get sick, see your doctor.

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