Canadian health officials, federal and provincial, are collaborating to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis A infections in three provinces linked to the frozen fruit product: Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend.

Nature's Touch brand Organic Berry Cherry Blend Image/CFIA
Nature’s Touch brand Organic Berry Cherry Blend

Currently, there are 12 cases of Hepatitis A in three provinces related to this outbreak: Ontario (9), Quebec (2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). Individuals became sick in February and March of this year. Some of the individuals who became ill have reported eating the recalled product. The majority of cases (58%) are male, with an average age of 37 years. Three cases have been hospitalized.

Nature’s Touch has recalled Nature’s Touch brand Organic Berry Cherry Blend in 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) size with Best Before dates up to and including 2018 MR 15, from the marketplace due to possible Hepatitis A contamination.

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises Canadians not to consume the frozen fruit product Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend sold exclusively at Costco warehouse locations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. If you suspect you have been exposed to the recalled product, or have symptoms consistent for Hepatitis A, see your health care provider immediately. Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within two weeks of exposure.