FDA recalls frozen organic strawberries after hepatitis A outbreak

FDA recalls frozen organic strawberries after hepatitis A outbreak

The FDA has recalled frozen organic strawberries from multiple popular grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and Costco, after the fruits were linked to several hepatitis A cases.

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At least five people in Washington State were diagnosed with the highly contagious liver infection after consuming the strawberries, which were all linked to California Splendor, Inc., a San Diego-based supplier.

According to the FDA, “Based on epidemiological data collected by CDC, 5/5 (100%) people who provided information about what they ate before becoming ill reported eating frozen organic strawberries.”

The impacted strawberries were imported from farms in Baja California, Mexico, and the strain of hepatitis A virus is genetically identical to the strain that caused an outbreak in 2022, which was also linked to fresh organic strawberries from the same Mexican area.

The affected strawberries were distributed throughout the nation and were stocked on the shelves of Aldi, Costco, Trader Joe’s, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood, and PCC Community Markets.

The FDA has advised consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to sell, serve, or eat the recalled frozen strawberries, and to return or throw away any recalled products.

California Splendor has recalled certain packages of its frozen strawberries from Costco stores across California, while Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon, issued a voluntary recall citing the “possible health risk.”

Symptoms of hepatitis A usually occur 15 to 50 days after consuming contaminated products and include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine, and pale stool.

In some instances, particularly in children under the age of six, hepatitis A infection may be asymptomatic.

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