Harvey’s food handler in Mississauga, Ontario diagnosed with Hepatitis A

Along with Tim Hortons coffee and Swiss Chalet quarter chicken dinners, Harvey’s poutine is on my top-5 list of foods I miss from Canada (rounding out the list are wine gums and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars). I wasn’t the healthiest eater when I lived in the land of Gretzky and the McKenzie Brothers.

According to the Toronto Star, a Mississauga (that’s in Canada) Harvey’s outlet is dealing with a food safety problem as a food handler who works there has been diagnosed with a Hepatitis A infection.

Peel Public Health is warning the public about a case of Hepatitis A in an employee at a Harvey’s restaurant at 6430 Erin Mills Parkway in Mississauga.

Consumers who purchased food from the fast food location on January 28, 29 or February 4 or 5, 2012 may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. The risk of contracting the infection is low, but consumers who consumed food at the Mississauga location should carefully monitor their health for symptoms of Hepatitis A until the end of March. Symptoms of Hepatitis A can develop after 50 days of exposure and include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, dark coloured urine and jaundice (yellowing of skin and the whites of the eyes).

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.