Hepatitis A Clinics for people who have consumed Pomeberry frozen berries in the past 14 days

April 12, 2012


VANCOUVER ISLAND – Hepatitis A drop-in immunization clinics will be held on Vancouver Island for people who have consumed Western Family brand Pomeberry Blend frozen berries in the past 14 days.

This follows a health alert issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control and a product recall. The product was distributed through Save-on-Foods and Overwaitea food stores in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and may also have been distributed to other provinces.

The overall risk to the public is very low. If you have consumed uncooked Pomeberry frozen fruit within the past 14 days and have not previously received 2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine, you are eligible to receive the vaccine. If you have already had hepatitis A, you are immune and do not require hepatitis A vaccine.

This DOES NOT apply to other berries or juice blends purchased from Save-On-Foods or Overwaitea food stores.

Drop-in immunization clinics will be held in Victoria, Nanaimo and Cambell River.  For more information about dates, times and locations - and for more information about Hepatitis A, click here.

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Media Contacts:

Victoria - Shannon Marshall, 250-361-7685 shannon.marshall@viha.ca
Nanaimo - Anya Nimmon, 250-714-8750 anya.nimmon@viha.ca
Campbell River - Val Wilson, 250-713-3911 valerie.wilson@viha.ca