The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is currently investigating three cases of acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to frozen mangoes has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak.
As a result of this investigation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall on July 30, 2021 for the following products:
- Nature’s Touch Frozen mangoes (2 kg) with “best before” date of 2022 NO 09;
- Compliments Frozen mango mania (600g) with “best before” dates of 2022 NO 10 and 2022 DE 18;
- Irresistibles Frozen mango chunks (600g) with “best before” date of 2022 NO 10 and;
- President’s Choice Frozen mango chunks (600g) with “best before” dates of 2022 NO 06 and 2022 NO 10
The recalled products have been distributed in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.
Discussions around public health measures and interventions including post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) vaccination are ongoing between federal and provincial public health experts. Decisions from these discussions are expected in the coming days and will be communicated as soon as information becomes available.
RCC is working with PHAC, CFIA, industry partners and members to ensure timely a exchange of information to assist with the investigation and communications, and to minimize risks to consumers.
What you should do
- Check to see if you have the recalled products are in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
- If you suspect you have been exposed to recalled products, or have symptoms consistent for Hepatitis A, see your health care provider immediately. Vaccination with the Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within 14 days of exposure.
- Additional advice on how to avoid getting sick can be found in Government’s Public Health Notice.
For questions or more information contact
Vice-President, Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs