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Hepatitis A in Western Family brand pineapple chunks

September 1, 2017

Vancouver – The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning consumers that Hepatitis A virus has been detected in a sample of Western Family brand fresh pineapple chunks sold in ready-to-go cups.

Current information indicates the cups were produced on August 11th and distributed to 38 Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods and PriceSmart Foods stores in BC. (A list is at the bottom of this release.)

The fruit cups may have been on sale from August 11th and had a best before date of August 19th.

The investigation is ongoing and additional products and stores may be identified.

What you can do

Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days after exposure.

• If you consumed this product on August 18th or later, you should receive a dose of hepatitis A vaccine.
• If you develop symptoms of hepatitis A, contact your family doctor and local health unit office immediately.
• Consumers who have frozen the product should discard it.

No illness has been reported to date.

Hepatitis A is an infection caused by a virus that affects the liver. The virus is found in the stool of an infected person. It is spread when a person eats food or drinks water that has come in contact with infected stool.  Infected food handlers can pass the virus on to other people if they do not wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom.

Hepatitis A symptoms include yellow skin or eyes, loss of appetite, fever, tiredness, stomach ache, nausea, dark coloured urine, and light or whitish coloured bowel movements. Symptoms can also be so mild that a person may not be aware that they have the disease. Illness can last for several weeks but people generally recover completely.  Illness may be life threatening in the elderly or those with other chronic liver disease. Symptoms may develop 15-50 days after exposure.

For information about free hepatitis A vaccine in your health authority if you consumed the product within the last 14 days

Fraser Health: http://www.fraserhealth.ca/hepAclinics
Interior Health: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/pages/default.aspx
Island Health: http://www.viha.ca/about_viha/news/news_releases/NR_HepatitisA_westernfamily_pineapple_1sept2017 Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/HealthAlerts/CommunicableIllnessDisease.aspx
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/Hep-A

A free hepatitis A vaccine can also be offered at any Overwaitea banner stores including Save-On-Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Overwaitea Foods and Urban Fare.   Please contact the pharmacist at any of these stores for more information.

Stores where the product was sold:

Save-on-Foods

300 - 32700 S. Fraser Way (West Oaks Mall)

BC

Abbotsford

V2T-4M5

Save-on-Foods

2388 Whatcom Road

BC

Abbotsford

V3G 0C1

Save-on-Foods

3433 North Road

BC

Burnaby

V3J-0A9

Save-on-Foods

4469 Kingsway (Old Orchard Shopping Mall)

BC

Burnaby

V5H 1Z9

PriceSmart Foods

4650 Kingsway

BC

Burnaby

V5H 4L9

Save-on-Foods

200 - 7155 Kingsway

BC

Burnaby

V5E-2V1

Save-on-Foods

4399 Lougheed Hwy

BC

Burnaby

V5C-3Y7

Save-on-Foods

46020 Yale Road (Salish Plaza)

BC

Chilliwack

V2P-7V2

Save-on-Foods

45635 Tamihi Way

BC

Chilliwack

V2R-0M4

Save-on-Foods

2991 Lougheed Highway (Pinetree Village)

BC

Coquitlam

V3B-6J6

Save-on-Foods

7015 - 120th Street (Scottsdale Centre)

BC

Delta

V4E-2A9

Save-on-Foods

181 Trans-Canada Highway

BC

Duncan

V9L 3P8

Save-on-Foods

10345 100th Street

BC

Fort St. John

V1J-3Z2

Overwaitea

1020 10th Avenue South PO Box 409

BC

Golden

V0A-1H0

Save-on-Foods

#9 - 2101 E. Trans Canada Hwy

BC

Kamloops

V2C-4A6

Save-on-Foods

200-450 Lansdowne Street

BC

Kamloops

V2C-1Y3

Save-on-Foods

#10 - 301 Highway 33 W.

BC

Kelowna

V1X-1X8

Save-on-Foods

20151 Fraser Highway

BC

Langley

V3A-4E4

Save-on-Foods

8840 - 210 Street

BC

Langley

V1M-2Y2

Save-on-Foods

#1 - 20255 - 64th Avenue

BC

Langley

V2Y-1M9

Save-on-Foods

23981 Dewdney Trunk Road

BC

Maple Ridge

V4R-1W1

Save-on-Foods

#116 - 1700 Garcia Street PO Box 144

BC

Merritt

V1K-1B8

Save-on-Foods

400 - 32555 London Avenue

BC

Mission

V2V-6M7

Save-on-Foods

#600 - 333 Brooksbank Avenue (Park & Tilford Gardens)

BC

North Vancouver

V7J-3S8

Save-on-Foods

#161 - 2111 Main Street (Cherry Lane Shopping Centre)

BC

Penticton

V2A-6W6

Save-on-Foods

5232 Domano Blvd

BC

Prince George

V2N-4A1

Save-on-Foods

100, 1600 - 15th Avenue (Parkwood Plaza)

BC

Prince George

V2L-3X3

Save-on-Foods

555 Central Street (Spruceland Mall)

BC

Prince George

V2M-3C6

Save-on-Foods

3885 W. Austin Road

BC

Prince George

V2K-2H7

Save-on-Foods

555 Victoria Road PO Box 512

BC

Revelstoke

V0E-2S0

PriceSmart Foods

8200 Ackroyd Road

BC

Richmond

V6X-1B5

Save-on-Foods

3000 - 11666 Steveston Hwy

BC

Richmond

V7A-5J3

Save-on-Foods

2345 Beacon Avenue

BC

Sidney

V8L 1W9

Overwaitea

113 Red Cedar Drive PO Box 790

BC

Sparwood

V0B-2G0

Save-on-Foods

1301 Pemberton (Chieftan Centre)

BC

Squamish

V8B-0A1

Save-on-Foods

10312 King George Boulevard

BC

Surrey

V3T-2W5

Save-on-Foods

4731 Lakelse Avenue (Skeena Mall)

BC

Terrace

V8G-1R5

Save-on-Foods

#255 - 2306 Highway 6

BC

Vernon

V1T-7E3

Information about hepatitis A and vaccine:

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/hepatitis-vaccine
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/hepatitis-a
http://www.immunizebc.ca/diseases-vaccinations/hepatitis-a

Media Contact:
Ben Hadaway
BCCDC Communications
604.707.2412 or PHSA media line:
778.867.7472
Ben.Hadaway@phsa.ca