Strawberries Believed To Be Culprit of Hepatitis A Outbreak

Strawberries Believed to Be Culprit Of Hepatitis A Outbreak

CONSUMER ALERT: Popular Grocery Store Item Linked To Liver Disease

( – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a link between strawberries and a hepatitis A outbreak in the United States and Canada. The agency stated the issue involves fresh organic strawberries that were available under the FreshKampo and HEB brands from March 5 through April 25. The FDA warns consumers not to eat the product and to throw out any berries they may have frozen for later use.

The FDA noted stores carrying the strawberries included:

  • Aldi
  • Weis Markets
  • HEB
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Safeway
  • Walmart
  • WinCo Foods
  • Kroger
  • Weis Markets
  • Sprouts Farmers Market

The statement said the strawberries were likely responsible for the cases reported from California and Minnesota. The US cases are up to 17, with 12 hospitalizations, the majority occurring in California.

The FDA warned that anyone who has eaten the strawberries and hasn’t had the hepatitis A vaccine should see their doctor immediately. They say post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) could help prevent infection in people who’ve consumed the berries within the last two weeks.

Hepatitis A is an infection in the liver. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains it’s highly contagious, and symptoms may last up to two months. It usually doesn’t cause long-term issues, but the CDC recommends vaccination to help prevent the illness.

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