FDA Recalls Organic Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Cases
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat, sell, or serve certain brands of frozen organic strawberries after five people have been infected with hepatitis A after eating them. Two individuals have been admitted to the hospital. The two suppliers involved in the recall are California Splendor of San Diego, California, and Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon.
The hepatitis A virus is the cause of a contagious liver disease known as hepatitis A. Typically, symptoms will appear 15 to 20 days after consuming food or water that has been contaminated; such symptoms are fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and light-colored stool. In young children under 6 years old, certain infections may not produce any signs or symptoms.
The recalled strawberries have “best by” dates that range from April to November 2024. The FDA’s website provides a comprehensive list of the strawberries that have been recalled.
The recalled items include Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Blend Pineapple, Bananas, Strawberries & Mango; Vital Choice Organic Strawberries; Made With Organic Strawberries; and Simply Nature Organic Strawberries. They were sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood and PCC Community Markets in certain states and at Trader Joe’s nationwide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five people in Washington have been sickened with hepatitis A linked to frozen organic strawberries sold in stores like Costco and PCC Community Markets. Two individuals have been admitted to the hospital.
 Customers are urged to destroy or return the recalled items for a full refund.
If you have consumed the recently recalled strawberries within the last fortnight and are not vaccinated against hepatitis A, please inform your health care provider about post-exposure prophylaxis, which can provide protection from the illness in the 14-day period after exposure.
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