FDA investigates hepatitis A outbreak potentially linked to strawberries : NPR

Strawberries freshly harvested on October 7, 2020.

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Strawberries freshly harvested on October 7, 2020.

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The FDA and other agencies are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A in the United States and Canada potentially linked to organic fresh strawberries.

The agency says the strawberries were sold under the FreshKampo and HEB brands and purchased between March 5 and April 25.

The FDA is investigating 17 cases — 15 in California and one in Minnesota and North Dakota. The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified 10 cases in two provinces: Alberta and Saskatchewan.

HEB and FreshKampo strawberries were sold at a number of retailers, including Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Safeway, Aldi, Walmart and HEB, according to the FDA.

“If you don’t know what brand you bought, when you bought your strawberries, or where you bought them from before freezing them, the strawberries should be discarded,” the FDA said.

In a statement posted on its website, HEB said all strawberries sold in its stores are safe. The grocery chain said on Sunday that it had “not received or sold any organic strawberries from the supplier under investigation since April 16.”

The FDA has urged those who have eaten the strawberries it is investigating to see their healthcare providers if they have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A. Fever, dark urine, jaundice, fatigue and nausea is one of the symptoms of the infection.

“If consumers purchased FreshKampo or HEB brand fresh organic strawberries between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022, ate those berries in the past two weeks, and were not vaccinated against hepatitis A, they should immediately consult their medical professional,” the FDA said.

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