Berries might be carrying norovirus

Canada: Below Zero raspberries recall

Manatab just issued a recall for Below Zero Whole Raspberries IQF following the detection of the norovirus. The announcement comes from the Canadian recalls authority.

The agency reveals that a single Below Zero raspberries lot is included in the recall. Here are the identifiers:

Below Zero Whole Raspberries IQF – 1 kg
Lot #: Code XT21253, PO #: M14475,
BB: 2023-SE-09; UPC 0 69821 06020 4

However, the recall report doesn’t explain how the contamination occurred or how it was detected. It’s unclear whether there have been any cases of illness due to people eating these frozen raspberries.

Customers who purchased frozen raspberries recently should check their freezers and see whether they have any berries from Below Zero. Manatab sold the product in the following Canadian provinces: Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec.

Symptoms of a norovirus infection
The group of noroviruses is responsible for illnesses that mainly have digestive symptoms. You can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (watery or loose), stomach pain or cramps, low-grade fever, and muscle pain.

You’ll start feeling ill suddenly after consuming food or water containing the norovirus. Alternatively, you can catch it via close contact with someone who has it.

Symptoms can appear 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus. Eating the Below Zero raspberries from this recall poses a risk of infection, as the pathogen can survive cold temperatures.

What you should do
If you’ve purchased Below Zero raspberries from the recalled lot, you should absolutely not eat them. Instead, throw the product out, or return it to the place of purchase.

The product has a best-by date of September 9th, 2023. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure you don’t have it stored in your freezer, or you might forget about the recall and the infection risk.

Also, you should contact your doctor if you think you’ve experienced symptoms consistent with a norovirus infection.

Finally, make sure you check out the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s recall announcement at this link. There, you’ll find contact information for the Candian recalls authority. Manatab’s website is available over here in case you need to reach out to the company.


For more information: recalls-rappels.canada.cabgr.com


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