Fresh Organic Strawberries Likely Spread Hepatitis A in US and Canada

The FDA, in conjunction with the CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, state and local partners are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A infections in several states in the United States and Canada potentially related to FreshKampo and HEB brand fresh organic strawberries, purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022.

Currently, potentially affected FreshKampo and HEB products are past their shelf life. People who purchased FreshKampo and HEB fresh organic strawberries between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022 and then froze those strawberries for later consumption should not eat them. These products were sold at the following retailers, including but not limited to:

  • Aldi
  • HEB
  • Kroger
  • Safeway
  • Cabbage growers market
  • Trader Joe’s
  • walmart
  • Weis Markets
  • WinCo Foods

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.

Epidemiological and traceback data show that fresh organic strawberries sold under the FreshKampo and HEB brands that were purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022 are a probable cause of illness in this outbreak. Traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota and Canada report buying FreshKampo or HEB brand fresh organic strawberries before falling ill. The disease onset dates range from March 28 to April 30, 2022.

As this investigation is ongoing, additional products may be included. More information will be provided in this notice as it becomes available.

Recommendation

Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not sell, serve or eat FreshKampo or HEB brand fresh organic strawberries if purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022. People who purchased the fresh strawberries and then have frozen for later consumption should not eat them. They should be thrown away. Currently, the potentially affected product has exceeded its shelf life. 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.

If consumers purchased FreshKampo or HEB brand fresh organic strawberries between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022, ate those berries within the past two weeks, and were not vaccinated against hepatitis A, they should immediately consult their healthcare professional to determine if post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is needed. PEP is recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus within the past two weeks, as vaccination can prevent hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days of infection. exposure. Those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection do not need PEP.

Contact your health care provider if you think you have symptoms hepatitis A infection after eating these fresh organic strawberries, or if you think you have eaten these strawberries within the past two weeks.

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