Pineapple chunks in a plastic cup

Updated hepatitis A vaccine information for consumers.

UPDATE September 5, 2017 - The ongoing investigation into hepatitis A virus in pineapple chunks has identified additional products that may be affected (fresh pineapple chunks, fresh peeled and cored pineapple, fresh fruit salad, and fresh citrus salad). All products had a best before date of August 19th. For updated information and more details, visit the BCCDC website.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning consumers that Hepatitis A virus has been detected in a sample of Western Family brand fresh pineapple chunks sold in ready-to-go cups.

Current information indicates the cups were produced on August 11th and distributed to 38 Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods and PriceSmart Foods stores in BC. These products have a best before date of August 19th.

Read the full news release including a list of the affected stores.

What you can do

Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days after exposure.

  • If you consumed this product in the last 14 days, you should receive a dose of hepatitis A vaccine.
  • If you develop symptoms of hepatitis A, contact your family doctor and local health unit office immediately.
  • Consumers who have frozen the product should discard it.

If you have concerns and would like to speak with a public health nurse, contact your local public health unit.


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