Strawberries likely caused hepatitis A outbreak, FDA says

Packages of FreshKampo and HEB model strawberries are likely linked to greater than a dozen current circumstances of hepatitis A in California, federal meals regulators stated.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, joined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and state and native companions, are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections within the U.S. and 
Canada probably linked to contemporary, natural strawberries with the FreshKampo or HEB labels and bought between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022.

“If you are unsure of what brand you purchased, when you purchased your strawberries or where you purchased them from prior to freezing them, the strawberries should be thrown away,” the FDA stated in a warning notice

The strawberries have been additionally bought at HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers, Trader Joe’s, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods, in response to regulators. The FDA has acquired studies of 17 hepatitis A circumstances within the U.S. for the reason that strawberries hit retailer cabinets, and a dozen folks have been hospitalized. Most of the circumstances have been in California, however the FDA additionally reported one case in each Minnesota and North Dakota. 

In Canada, 10 circumstances of hepatitis A and 4 hospitalizations have been reported tied to the strawberries, in response to The Associated Press.

No deaths have been reported, in response to the company. It stated the strawberries beneath investigation “are a likely cause of illness in this outbreak.” The FDA’s investigation is ongoing, so different merchandise may very well be linked to hepatitis circumstances.

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HEB stated it has not acquired or bought the strawberries beneath investigation since April 16. The Texas-based grocer maintained that its strawberries are protected, however stated prospects ought to throw away any natural strawberries bought between March 5 and April 25. 

“No illnesses from strawberries related to the FDA investigation have been reported at HEB or in Texas,” the company stated in a statement Sunday. 

FreshKampo is a Mexico-based grower and distributor of vegetables and fruit. The company could not be reached for remark Monday.  

Hepatitis A is a contagious but treatable virus that infects the liver, inflicting it to swell and malfunction. Most folks catch the virus from contaminated meals or water. 

Anyone who has already eaten the dangerous strawberries ought to instantly see a health care provider and ask a few hepatitis vaccine, the FDA stated.

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