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Hepatitis A contamination may be in more fruit products

Hepatitis A contamination may be in more fruit products”

Health Canada is advising people not to eat 198g-sized Western Family fruit salad and 226g-sized Western Family citrus salad with a best before date of August 19, sold at Save-On-Foods in Yorkton.

The expanded warning comes after the health-care provider announced the virus had been found in a sample of Western Family brand fresh pineapple chunks September 2.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says fresh peeled and cored pineapple, fresh fruit salad and fresh citrus salad sold at Save On Foods may also be affected.

Hepatitis A is an infection caused by a virus that affects the liver, according to AHS.

Illness can happen within 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus, but usually within 28 to 30 days. Anyone who believes they may have eaten the fruit is encouraged to call Health Link at 811 to monitor for symptoms. "Health Link will discuss your recent history with you, and will advise on the next steps you may need to take", stated AHS in a media release.

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Some people, especially young children, may become infected without noticing any symptoms, but they are still infectious to others.

Those who have consumed the product can receive a hepatitis A vaccine which can prevent hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days after exposure.

"The investigation is ongoing", the BCDC said in its original statement. AHS says the advisory will be updated as additional contaiminated products are identified.

If you're not sure whether you have been exposed to a potentially contaminated product, AHS says to call your local Save-On-Foods store. Consumers who have frozen the product should discard it.



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