Organic Strawberries Blamed for Canada and US Hepatitis A Outbreak

At least 2 organic strawberry brands are being recalled as authorities investigate whether the fruit is to blame for more than 2 dozen confirmed hepatitis A cases in the US and Canada.

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) announced that it is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the states of Minnesota, California, and Canada that are potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries.

“The traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota, and Canada report having purchased fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo or HEB prior to becoming ill,” said the FDA.

According to the FDA, at least 17 people have reported sickness and 12 have been admitted to hospitals, while the Canadian government reported 10 cases, with 6 in Saskatchewan and 4 in Alberta.

The FDA confirmed that the patients purchased the strawberries from Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis Markets, and WinCo Foods.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hepatitis A is a virus-borne liver illness that produces inflammation and can impair liver function.

The FDA advised everyone who bought fresh strawberries and still has them, even if frozen, to discard the product.

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