People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Tainted pineapple prompts Hep A warning in Sidney, Duncan

Did you buy Western Family ready-to-eat pineapple cups?

People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health.

While no illnesses have yet to be reported, the virus was detected in a small sample of the product.

“It was one case to each store,” Island Health spokesperson Meribeth Burton said on Friday afternoon. “Six containers in Sidney and six in Duncan. We’re talking about a limited case.”

The pineapple was sold in 198-gram plastic cups at 38 stores across the province likely after Aug. 11 and had a best before date of Aug. 19. Sidney and Duncan are the only two Island stores affected.

All potentially contaminated product has been removed from the shelves, said a press release issued by Island Health on Friday afternoon. No other produce or food items purchased from the grocery department of the stores has been affected.

“The public can be assured that it is safe to purchase and consume produce from the Duncan and Sidney Save-On-Foods stores,” said the Island Health release.

If, however, you are among the people who did buy and consume the pineapple on or after Aug. 18, you should contact your family doctor, arrange for immunization at your local health unit or visit the Save-On-Foods store.

Contact information for Public Health Units can be found on the Island Health website at http://www.viha.ca/locations/health_units/

Those who have already received two doses of the vaccine do not need another vaccination.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s press release about the same topic said the investigation is ongoing.

“Other products are believed to be affected and more information will be provided as it becomes available,” it said.

“Hepatitis A symptoms include yellow skin or eyes, loss of appetite, fever, tiredness, stomach ache, nausea, dark coloured urine, and light or whitish coloured bowel movements. Symptoms can also be so mild that a person may not be aware that they have the disease. Illness can last for several weeks but people generally recover completely. Illness may be life threatening in the elderly or those with other chronic liver disease. Symptoms may develop 15-50 days after exposure.”

For more information on hepatitis A please visit BC Centre for Disease Control or HealthLinkBC.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mill Bay students petition for formal graduation

“We have a few realistic ideas in mind that could provide a safe and healthy grad celebration”

800 meals donated for Cowichan frontline workers

They were at Cowichan District Hospital on May 25 handing out prepared meals to grateful workers

Cowichan CMHA officials respond to report, probation order

“there are important improvements needed to ensure greater fairness within our housing program.”

Cowichan RCMP remind public to leave dogs chilling at home on hot days

Dogsafe has designed a Dog in a Hot Car Responder Checklist

Editorial: Minimal risk in sending kids back to school

Time to poke our heads out of our comfortable nests and venture out into the world again.

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

B.C. woman launches First Nations search, rescue and patrol program

Linda Peters envisions trained searchers ready to go at moment’s notice in each B.C. First Nation

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

Stolen gargoyle returns to its perch on central Vancouver Island yard

Petey, a concrete gargoyle statue, was returned by Nanaimo RCMP after being found by city crew

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Most Read