While frozen berries can be a great snack and something you casually throw into your morning smoothie, you may want to double check your freezer and see what brand and bag you picked up in the past two weeks.
There has been some shocking news concerning a recall of frozen berries in the Ontario and Quebec area, and locals to each province are being asked to examine the frozen berries they might have recently purchased.
The brand in question is Montana and the product of concern is their bagged frozen strawberries that were sold in Quebec and Ontario up until April 14th last week. The 1kg bags are specifically the issue due to a Hepatitis A contamination are the ones with the UPC code 6222000401487.
Quebec's Ministry of Agriculture has already issued a warning to anybody who has bought the berries has they don't "look or smell any different" but you can still contract the illness after eating the berries raw. Though the hepatitis A virus does become inactive if you cook it, you're probably better safe than sorry.
For those who have a bag of the Montana berries, you have two options being to either go back to where you bought them and return them, or you can just throw them out. Either way, you are definitely not going to want to keep them around considering the symptoms of Hepatitis A are pretty gruesome. Ranging from a fever and loss of appetite to nausea, vomiting, jaundice, yellowing of the skin and abdominal discomfort.
If you think you may have contracted the virus already from the berries after eating them, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency claims that it will take between two to seven weeks for the symptoms to show. Though Hepatitis A typically will clear up on it's own within a week to two weeks, it can stick around for up to six months for some.
With that in mind, the MAPAQ is suggesting to people who have not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and who think they have eaten the berries in question within the last 2 weeks to visit a doctor.
Source: Global News