Sainsbury’s Look Back on Medjool Dates Over Hepatitis A Worries

Sainsbury’s is recalling packs of its ‘Taste the Difference’ Medjool dates over contamination fears.

It is urging customers to not eat the products, which can be contaminated with hepatitis A but to return them for a full refund.

It comes after the beginning of Ramadan, the festival when many Muslims will break periods of fasting with dates.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “The safety of our products is our highest priority.

“We are asking customers to not consume these products and return them to their nearest store for a refund.

They added that they’re “urgently investigating” the explanation for contamination with suppliers which they were in close contact with the Food Standards Agency.

Point-of-sale notices are issued with more information and that they are displayed in stores.

The supermarket chain said the recall has been made as a precautionary measure.

Hepatitis A may be a virus infection that affects the liver. Its symptoms are similar to flu and include mild fever, joint, and muscle pain, feeling and being sick, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, and stomach pain.

No other Sainsbury’s products are thought to be affected.

The notice came shortly after the beginning of Ramadan. The festival involves a month of fasting and prayer for Muslims and believers participating won’t eat or drink anything during daylight.

Traditionally, dates are eaten at the beginning of the evening meal when their fast ends after sunset, called iftar or fitoor.

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