Hamilton Public Health Services will be on-site at the Ancaster Costco on April 21 and April 22 to provide immunization for a probable Hepatitis A contamination.
Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend, sold exclusively at Costco, has been recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
There are currently 13 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Canada linked to the frozen fruit product, with no confirmed cases in Hamilton at this time.
Public Health Services says “individuals who consumed the product within the last 14 days, including children 6 months of age and older, pregnant women and those with immunocompromise. Infants under 6 months of age, and individuals with chronic liver disease (i.e., cirrhosis) should see their health care provider. ”
The following was issued by Public Health:
Hepatitis A is a virus that causes liver infection with symptoms that can last a few weeks to several months. Symptoms can develop 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus and can range from mild to severe. Infants and the elderly can get quite sick. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea and vomiting, dark urine and yellowing of the skin. The virus is rarely fatal and is not known to cause long-term infection.
If residents have this product in their home, the following actions are recommended:
– Do not consume the product. Return the product to place of purchase or throw it out.
– Costco is offering post-exposure immunization, at Costco locations, to customers who consumed the recalled product within the last 14 days. Costco-Ancaster can be reached at 905-304-0344 or the Costco Ancaster Pharmacy at 905-304-2451 for further information.
– If you have symptoms of Hepatitis A , please see your healthcare provider.