If you’ve recently purchased strawberries from certain retailers, you may want to throw them out following a recall for hepatitis A contamination.
The administration is urging Americans who purchased these to throw them away and not consume them.
If you purchased them between March 5 and April 5, 2022, they could be contaminated.
While the shelf life on the batches at risk has passed, those who freeze strawberries need to throw them away.
The following stores sold the recalled strawberries that may be impacted
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Trader Joe’s
- Weis Markets
- WinCo Foods
FDA investigations into recalled product
Those who fell ill had their sicknesses investigated, and in California, Minnesota, and Canada the linking factor was purchasing this brand of strawberry.
15 cases of hepatitis A were reported in California with one in Minnesota and one in North Dakota.
12 of the 17 cases required hospitalization.
This illness usually sets in 15-50 days following the consumption of contaminated food.
It’s a contagious virus that can cause liver disease.
Mild case can last weeks and severe ones could be months.
While most cases result in people recovering in 1-2 weeks, those with health issues and conditions could see liver failure and death.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include
- Abdominal pain
- Dark Urine
- Pale stool
Young children and some adults may have no symptoms at all.
You should contact your doctor if you feel you may have ingested infected strawberries.