The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is investigating a link between a hepatitis A outbreak and fresh organic strawberries.
The FDA with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and state and local partners, said the strawberries were branded as FreshKampo and HEB and purchased between March 5 and April 25.
They were sold at a number of retailers including Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market, Safeway, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods.
The potentially affected strawberries have exceeded their shelf life, but people who froze them to use later should not eat them.
If you do not remember where your strawberries were purchased from before you froze them. Better safe than sorry, and just discard them.
Seventeen hepatitis cases have been identified in California, Minnesota and North Dakota, which have led to 12 hospitalizations. Traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota and Canada reported having purchased the strawberries. More products may be included as the investigation is ongoing. People became ill between March 28 and April 30.
If you are unsure if you’ve been vaccinated against Hepatitis A, you may have consumed infected strawberries, and are experiencing symptoms, the FDA recommends they consult their health care provider.
Hepatitis A symptoms will usually appear 2-7 weeks after infection and typically last less than two months. Not all infected people become symptomatic, however some can be ill up to six months.
Symptoms can include jaundice, lack of appetite, stomach pain or discomfort, vomiting, fever, light colored stools or dark urine, diarrhea, joint pain and lack of energy. Adults, more so than children, are likely to experience symptoms if they are infected.
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