Hepatitis clinic follows frozen berry recall

Drop-in immunization clinics will be held on Vancouver Island for people who have consumed Pomeberry Blend frozen berries

  • Apr. 12, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Hepatitis A drop-in immunization clinics will be held on Vancouver Island for people who have consumed Western Family brand Pomeberry Blend frozen berries in the past 14 days.

This follows a health alert issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control and a product recall. The product was distributed through Save-on-Foods and Overwaitea food stores in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and may also have been distributed to other provinces.

In Campbell River, drop-in immunization clinics will be held at the Campbell River Health Unit located at 200-1100 Island Hwy.:

  • Friday, April 13, from 12-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2-5 p.m.

If you can’t attend these clinics and need information about how to obtain the vaccine, contact your local Public Health Unit.

The overall risk to the public is very low. If people consumed uncooked Pomeberry frozen fruit within the past 14 days and have not previously received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or have already had hepatitis A disease they are eligible to receive hepatitis A vaccine.

This does not apply to other berries or juice blends purchased from Save-On-Foods or Overwaitea food stores.

 

For information on Hepatitis A, visit:

  • Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/hepatite.shtml
  • Or the HealthLink BC website at: www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile33.stm