Frozen mangoes contaminated with Hep A

Infected mango brand containing Hep A

Lambton Public Health says anyone who ate recently recalled mangoes should receive a Hepatitis A shot.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued the recall last week on several frozen mango products sold in the county. The potentially infected food won’t be identifiable as Hep A is not always detectable by sight or smell. Public Health recommends throwing the mangoes out or returning them to the store.

They also say anyone over six months old who ate the mangoes should contact Public Health and also consider getting a vaccine for Hep A. If given within two weeks the vaccine can substantially reduce the risk of infection.

Anyone who’s had complete Hep A vaccine regimens, has had one dose in the past six months or has previously had Hep A wouldn’t need a further vaccine. Patients with liver issues should contact their doctor to discuss additional treatments.

Hep A symptoms can develop 15 to 50 days after infection and includes fever, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, malaise and jaundice. Immunocompromised and older people are at further risk for more serious complications.

The specific mangoes being recalled are:

Nature’s Touch frozen mangoes sold in a two kilogram bag. UPC bar code: 873668001807. Best before November 9, 2022;

Compliments frozen mango mania sold in a 600 gram bag. UPC bar code: 055742504309. Best before November 10, 2022 and December 18, 2022;

Irresistibles frozen mango chunks sold in a 600 gram bag. UPC bar code: 059749876001. Best before November 10, 2022;

President’s Choice frozen mango chunks sold in a 600 gram bag. UPC bar code: 060383993870. Best before November 6, 2022 and November 10, 2022.

Lambton Public Health can be reached at 519-383-8331 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.