Costco Fruit Recall: Consumers Warned of Hepatitis Risks, Urged to Get Vaccine


Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd has issued a fruit recall order after listeria contamination in the organic peas sold after medical officials urged immediate immunisation to evade hepatitis A.

According to Food Safety news, this is the second frozen organic food recall in eight days. On April 15, Costco recalled Nature’s Touch brand organic berry cherry blend. In a radio programme, the Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer urged people to undergo vaccination within 14 days, in case they have eaten or handled any of the contaminated fruit.

David Allison told CBC Radio that there was little surprise to hear that frozen fruit sold at some Costco stores was linked to hepatitis A, reports Cbc.Ca.

According to Costco, approximately 1,600 households in the province purchased the product. It offered post-exposure immunisation to those came in touch with the berries.

The frozen fruit left 13 people sick, according to Canadian health officials. The recall has been ordered from BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) urged consumers to check their freezers to make sure they do not have the recalled vegetables in their homes. The frozen organic peas have a long shelf life.

“Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased,” the CFIA notice stated.

“Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.”

The Food Inspection Agency also issued a recall on Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend, a frozen product with dates including March 16.

RF Frozen Foods, a distributor of products to grocery stores including Meijer and Costco, issued a recall for 15 varieties of frozen vegetables sold across the US and Canada after reports of contamination. The products include green peas, sweet corn, and mixed vegetables, adds Refinery 29.

Among the symptoms of infection from listeria are diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever. The Health officials warned that even if the symptoms abate on their own, consulting a doctor is very important.

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