Raspberries recalled in Canada over norovirus contamination

New Alasko Limited Partnership is recalling Alasko brand IQF Whole Raspberries because of possible norovirus contamination.

This recall comes after a month after a similar recall of Mantab Inc.’s Below Zero brand whole, frozen raspberries because of possible norovirus contamination.

The recalled product has been sold in Canada in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Recalled product:

Brand Name Product Name Size Code on Product UPC
Alasko IQF Whole Raspberries 5 x 1 kg #Lot: SY 21278P.O: 116381-01BB: 2023-OC-04Inner Bag:6 95058 00205 4Outer Carton: 1 069505 800205 1 6 95058 00205 41 069505 800205 1

Consumers, retailers, and restaurant owners should check to see if they have the recalled products in their homes or establishments. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

About norovirus infections

People with norovirus illness usually develop symptoms of gastroenteritis within 24 to 48 hours, but symptoms can start as early as 12 hours after exposure. The virus can live on surfaces for long periods of time and survives freezing temperatures. It is highly contagious.

The illness often begins suddenly. Even after having the illness, you can still become reinfected by norovirus. The main symptoms of norovirus illness are diarrhea, vomiting (children usually experience more vomiting than adults), nausea, and stomach cramps.

Other symptoms may include low-grade fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue (a general sense of tiredness). Most people feel better within one or two days, with symptoms resolving on their own, and experience no long-term health effects.

As with any illness-causing diarrhea or vomiting, people who are ill should drink plenty of liquids to replace lost body fluids and prevent dehydration. In severe cases, patients may need to be hospitalized and given fluids intravenously.

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