New Brunswick

Several frozen mango brands recalled due to possible hepatitis A risk

Frozen mangoes commonly sold at Sobeys and Loblaws across Canada have been recalled because of a possible hepatitis A contamination. 

2 people in Quebec, 1 in N.S. have tested positive for hepatitis A after consuming the frozen mangoes

The frozen mango recall applies to products branded as President's Choice, Compliments, Nature's Touch and Irresistibles. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Frozen mangoes commonly sold at Sobeys and Loblaws across Canada have been recalled because of a possible hepatitis A contamination. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada said the mangoes are the likely source of an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A in Quebec and Nova Scotia. 

The frozen mangoes were distributed in New Brunswick, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. 

The Nature's Touch Frozen Food Inc. products are branded as President's Choice, Compliments, Nature's Touch and Irresistibles.

Here is a list of the recalled products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Nature's Touch Mangoes
(frozen)
2 kg 8 73668 00180 7 Best Before
2022 NO 09
Compliments Mango Mania
(frozen)
600 g 0 55742 50430 9 Best Before
2022 NO 10 and
2022 DE 18
Irresistibles Mango Chunks
(frozen)
600 g 0 59749 87600 1 Best Before
2022 NO 10
President's Choice Mango Chunks
(frozen)
600 g 0 60383 99387 0 Best Before
2022 NO 06 and
2022 NO 10

Two people in Quebec and one person in Nova Scotia have tested positive for hepatitis A after consuming the frozen mangoes. 

Two of the people who became sick had consumed frozen mangoes before they began having symptoms. Leftover frozen mangoes were collected from their homes and tested positive for hepatitis A. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is partnering with Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and public health partners to investigate the outbreak further. 

For now, they are urging people to not consume the recalled frozen mangoes.

Products may not look or smell spoiled even if they have been contaminated. People should seek medical attention if they have consumed the products and feel sick.

Eating food contaminated with hepatitis A could lead to contracting the virus. 

Further recall possible

Symptoms are normally mild and include fever, low appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and yellowing in the whites of the eyes and skin. They may only appear 15 to 50 days after consumption.

A food safety investigation is being conducted and could lead to more products being recalled. 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Nature's Touch Frozen Foods both did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Isabelle Leger is a reporter based out of Fredericton. You can reach her at isabelle.leger@cbc.ca

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