Various brands of frozen mangoes distributed in several provinces in Canada have been recalled by the country's food inspection agency due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. Some incidents of illness have been reported in Canada associated with consuming them.
If you have one of the recalled mango products, the Canada Food Inspection Agency recommends throwing the item away immediately or returning it to the store where it was purchased.
The following frozen mango brands have been recalled:
Nature's Touch: 2-kilogram bag, best before November 9, 2022
Compliments Mango Mania: 600-gram bag, best before November 10, 2022, and December 18, 2022
Irresistibles Mango Chunks: 600-gram bag, best before November 10, 2022
President's Choice Mango Chunks: 600-gram bag, best before November 6, 2022, and November 10, 2022
The agency says that food items contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus may not look or smell spoiled.
According to the food inspection authority, the viral illness is "usually mild and starts about 15 to 50 days after the contaminated food is eaten."
Though it generally goes away by itself in a week or two, the virus can last up to six months, causing inflammation of the liver — symptoms can include fever, low appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and yellowing in the whites of the eyes and skin (jaundice).
Ontario's vaccine passport mandate is officially in force and if you live in Quebec and are planning to visit the province, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Here's what Ontario's proof of vaccination means for Quebecers.
Where will the proof of vaccination be required?
Much like Quebec, in Ontario, proof of vaccination will be required in many public settings where there could be prolonged close contact with other people.
For instance, if you want to visit a restaurant or go see a concert, you'll be required to show proof of vaccination.
Here's the full list of places that need to see your vaccination proof, as established by the Ontario Ministry of Health:
"indoor areas of meeting and event spaces"
including "banquet halls, conference and convention centres (with limited exceptions)"
"indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restoclubs and other similar establishments"
except for delivery and takeout
"indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities"
except for delivery, takeout and patios
"indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal fitness training"
including "gyms, fitness/sporting/ recreational facilities, pools, leagues sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events"
"indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
"indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
"indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
"indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues"
and "indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studio audiences"
except for cast and crew members
In Ontario, you are considered fully vaccinated if you have:
"the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
"one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
"three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada" and have "received [the] final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated."
Are there any other exceptions?
There are indeed certain exceptions that will apply, but they are few and quite specific.
For example, "workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons" will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
You also won't need to show proof of vaccination at retail shops, going to a wedding, restaurant pick-up and delivery, or if you need to enter an establishment to use the bathroom. Children under 12 years old are also exempt.
Unlike Quebec, Ontario does not require proof of vaccination to access a restaurant patio.
Furthermore, anyone who can show proof of a valid medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is also exempt from showing proof of vaccination.
Will I be able to show my Quebec vaccine passport?
Ontario is working on a QR code system like Quebec's, but the Ontario government has not confirmed whether the province will recognize Quebec's QR codes.
For now, Ontario says that "patrons who are visitors to Ontario will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of identification to enter the businesses [and] organizations."
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccine and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.
A recent post on the agency's official Twitter account states that "the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be named Comirnaty, the Moderna vaccine will be named SpikeVax, and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria."
(1/4) Health Canada has authorized brand name changes for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
— Health Canada and PHAC (@Health Canada and PHAC)1631805234.0
Health Canada asserted that "these are only name changes. There are no changes to the vaccines themselves."
Canada has four approved vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), SpikeVax (Moderna), Vaxzervia (AstraZeneca), and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
"All COVID-19 vaccines authorized in Canada are proven safe, effective and of high quality," Health Canada wrote on Twitter.
Summer is approaching, and one thing I’m beyond excited about is park days. After a few drinks, some sunshine and a great time spent with my roommates, it’ll feel like any other normal year (kind of).
As someone who's very into the outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle, I’m very conscious of what I’m putting in my body — especially when it comes to alcohol. But at the same time, I do love the idea of a boozy refreshment after a day of activities.
Excited for the summer and knowing it’s going to be full of picnics and lake days, I wanted to find a fresh new drink I can enjoy that’s still relatively low in carbs. I had noticed the ubiquitous alcoholic seltzer, White Claw, popping up all around and it seemed like the time to find out what all the fuss is about.
Right off the bat, I was super impressed with the nutritional information. With 5% ABV, each 355 ml can is made with just one gram of carbs and 100 calories. With no artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours, or preservatives, it checks off all my boxes for a drink you can feel good about.
In order to prepare for a summer full of outdoor adventures, I thought it suitable to try out the different flavours of White Claw carried by my local dépanneur (they're also available in grocery stores and the SAQ).
The variety pack includes cans of Black Cherry, Mango, Natural Lime and Ruby Grapefruit. In addition to this, I bought an extra can each of Raspberry and Watermelon. Here’s what I thought of each flavour.
Immediately after taking my first sip of the Black Cherry, I was transported back to my childhood. The tart and sweet cherry taste reminded me of my favourite gummies that I loved as a kid. If you're new to the hard-seltzer game, this is the flavour I’d recommend you start with.
It has a light black cherry flavour with a carbonated feel. However, White Claw Black Cherry is more distinctive than the others, making it a great easy-drinking option if you're looking to enjoy a couple, perhaps on a rooftop terrasse or balcony.
It seems like everyone's favourite White Claw is Mango. I actually remember people struggling to find this flavour last summer, so I had pretty high expectations.
When it comes to mango-flavoured beverages and candy, I'm personally not a huge fan, but the White Claw Mango hits the spot. It's as smooth as the Ruby Grapefruit with the freshness that I loved in the Natural Lime flavour.
Natural Lime and Black Cherry were my absolute favourites, but I was still impressed with Mango. If I had to have a mango-flavoured beverage, this one would be first on my list.
The packaging is adorable, and the yellow basically screams summer and sunshine. Its fruity flavour makes it the perfect drink to relax with after an active, adventure-type day. I would grab a few White Claw Mangos for a post-yoga picnic or to relax after a game of beach volleyball.
The Ruby Grapefruit flavour is much more bright and citrusy but still tastes like fizzy water. The best thing about White Claw, in my opinion, is how subtle the flavour of each fruit is. It makes it easy to enjoy without feeling too overwhelmed.
This one was smooth, with a light hint of zesty grapefruit. It would be great at the end of a fun hike or during a barbecue at the park.
The White Claw Raspberry didn't come in the variety pack, because (along with White Claw Watermelon) it is a new addition to the lineup. The deep red colour on the can immediately grabbed my attention and I just had to test it out.
In general, I love raspberry-flavoured anything, and this drink only reinforced that trend. I found that it was a brighter flavour than the rest, without being overly sugary, which is something I really enjoyed. I think fans of the Black Cherry can expect to like Raspberry too.
The first thing I noticed about this addition to the White Claw family is the adorable use of colour on the can: pink and green, just like a watermelon. The drink's aesthetic immediately appealed to me before I even cracked it open.
Watermelon on a hot summer day could be one of my favourite things in the world. So naturally, I saved the best for last, and this flavour did not disappoint.
If you're looking for a White Claw with a more distinctive taste, this one would be my recommendation. Super light and refreshing, this drink still carries the recognizable White Claw flavour, while maintaining the freshness needed to keep cool on a warm day.
This drink would go hand-in-hand with a juicy piece of fruit after a long day of outdoor activities, with some music in the background, sunshine and a slight summer breeze.
I'm glad I jumped on the White Claw bandwagon and I'm surprised I hadn't done it sooner. They're now sold at grocery and convenience stores across Quebec, as well as at the SAQ. I've never really been one to love seltzers, but White Claw has completely changed that.
I'm happy I tried out the different options because now I feel like I have a specific flavour in mind for different activities. I'm looking forward to sipping a White Claw Natural Lime on my balcony on a casual Tuesday night, and enjoying a few cans of White Claw Mangos and Black Cherries on the weekend!
White Claw is now available across Quebec at grocery stores, convenience stores and the SAQ. To learn more, check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Although products were provided for free in this review, the author's opinions are genuine and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.
Narcity does not condone the overconsumption of alcohol. If you're going to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly and only if you’re of legal age.
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