Frozen raspberries recalled due to norovirus risk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall for Alasko brand IQF frozen fruit due to potential norovirus contamination. The affected products, IQF Whole Raspberries and IQF Antioxidant Blend, are available in one and five-kilogram packages. Please check the packaging for the following best before dates: August 15, 2024 for raspberries and October 11, 2023 for the Antioxidant Blend.

IQF Whole Raspberries 1kgLot HL22227, P.O.: 121007-01, BB: 2024 AUG 15
IQF Whole Raspberries 5kgLot HL22227, P.O.: 121007-01, BB: 2024 AU 15
IQF Antioxidant Blend 1kg#Lot: 0052 041 2023, P.O.: 123179, BB: 2023 OC 11
IQF Antioxidant Blend 5kg#Lot: 0052 041 2023, P.O.: 123179, BB: 2023 OC 11

This recall applies to products distributed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

The CFIA is actively investigating reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of the affected fruit. If you have consumed these products and are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach cramps, please seek medical attention. Norovirus symptoms typically develop within 12 to 48 hours after exposure.

Norovirus illness can cause symptoms of gastroenteritis within 12 to 48 hours, with diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach cramps being the main indicators. Despite having the illness before, there is still a risk of re-infection. Most people recover within one to two days without any long-term health effects, but it is important to stay hydrated by drinking fluids to replace lost body fluids. In severe cases, hospitalization and intravenous fluids may be necessary.

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