If you’ve recently purchased strawberries from certain retailers, you may want to throw them out following a recall for hepatitis A contamination.
The FDA recently shared that they are investigating FreshKampo and H-E-B brand organic strawberries.
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.
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The following stores sold the recalled strawberries that may be impacted
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Trader Joe’s
- Weis Markets
- WinCo Foods
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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.
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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.
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