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On April 15, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a recall of Nature's Touch brand Organic Berry Cherry Blend due to possible contamination with Hepatitis A virus. They are available in 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) bags with best-before dates up to and including March 15, 2018. These products have the UPC code 8 73668 00179 1.
If you have purchased this product, do not consume it. Throw it out or return it to the store where you bought it.
See the Healthy Canadians website for the recall information.
This product was sold exclusively by Costco. Costco has been contacting all customers who bought the product by telephone through their membership tracking system.
Costco has posted information about the recall for customers on its website.
There have been some cases of Hepatitis A in Ontario associated with this recall.
What should I do?
Hepatitis A can be prevented by a vaccine.
If the product has been consumed in the last 14 days
If you or a member of your household have eaten any of this product within the last 14 days, the vaccine can protect you. If you have previously been infected with Hepatitis A or have been vaccinated in the past, you are protected. Check your immunization records. Note that the Hepatitis B vaccine in the childhood immunization schedule, given in Grade 7, does not protect against Hepatitis A.
If you wish to obtain the vaccine, there are a few options.
- Costco in Barrie is offering hepatitis A vaccination through its pharmacy at no cost to customers who have consumed the recalled product within the last two weeks. Their pharmacy will be offering the vaccine daily from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Friday, April 22. It is also planning to provide vaccination on the weekend, but exact times have not been determined. They may extend the service beyond that date based on demand and availability of the vaccine. Costco is unable to vaccinate pregnant women, persons who are immune compromised or have chronic liver disease, or infants under 1 year of age, and therefore, these people should contact their local health care provider or the health unit.
Most local health-care providers do not stock the hepatitis A vaccine. They would either have to contact the health unit for publicly-funded vaccine or write a prescription to be filled and paid for at a local pharmacy. Some extended health benefits plans cover the cost of the vaccine, and Costco has stated it would reimburse any of its customers who consumed the product within the last 2 weeks, and paid for the vaccine to be administered from a health-care provider.
- If you cannot use either of those sources, call the health unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 for information.
If the product was consumed more than 14 days ago:
If you or a member of your household ate the product more than 14 days ago, monitor for symptoms.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fever, low appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and yellowing in the whites of the eyes and the skin (jaundice). Sickness is usually mild, and lasts a week or two. In some cases, though, it can last up to six months. People with compromised immune systems should contact their health care provider.
Symptoms can start occurring between 15 and 50 days after contaminated food is eaten. If you have chronic liver disease and have consumed the product within the last 3 weeks: In addition to the recommended vaccine, you may be recommended to also have immune globulin, which is only available at a hospital. Please contact your personal health care provider or the health unit for more information.