Organic strawberries were recalled from Trader Joe’s in Texas after a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses.
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Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak
In March 2023, an outbreak of Hepatitis A was linked to frozen organic strawberries that were sold nationwide in the U.S. at multiple stores. According to the CDC outbreak investigation, at least 5 people who ate strawberries were infected with Hepatitis A between November and December 2022.
In response, recalls were issued by Scenic Fruit Company and California Splendor Inc. for multiple brand-names of frozen organic strawberries that were sold at several grocery stores in certain states.
The only product that was sold in Texas was Trader Joe’s Organic Organic Tropical Fruit Blend Pineapple, Bananas, Strawberries & Mango (Best By 04/25/24, 05/12/24, 05/23/24, 05/30/24, and 06/07/24).
In certain other states, the recalled product include Costco’s Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberries, Simply Nature Organic Strawberries, Vital Choice Organic Strawberries, Made With Organic Strawberries, and PCC Community Markets Organic Strawberries.
According to the CDC, the same strain of Hepatitis A also caused another outbreak in 2022 that was also linked to organic strawberries. In both outbreaks, the strawberries were grown in Baja California, Mexico, and imported to the U.S.
HEB and FreshKampo Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak
In May 2022, health officials in the U.S. and Canada linked dozens of Hepatitis A illnesses to HEB® and FreshKampo® Strawberries, which were sold in Texas and other states nationwide.
FreshKampo® and HEB® brand fresh organic strawberries were recalled from stores nationwide. They were sold from March 5, 2022 through April 25, 2022. The strawberries are past their shelf life, but they may still be in consumers’ freezers.
The list of retail stores where the recalled strawberries were sold includes (but is not limited to):
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Trader Joe’s
- Weis Markets
- WinCo Foods
In the United States, as of May 31, 2022, health officials have reported that 17 people were infected with Hepatitis A after eating recalled strawberries. The illnesses were reported in California (15), Minnesota (1) and North Dakota (1). At least 12 people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. The last illness began on April 30, 2022.
Health Canada reported that another 10 people who ate the recalled strawberries were infected f Hepatitis A in Alberta (4) and Saskatchewan (6) as of mid-April 2022. The illnesses were linked to strawberries that were sold in Canada between March 5 and March 9, 2022.
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a highly-contagious virus that spreads in fecal matter. Outbreaks are typically linked to contaminated food or water, or from infected food-handlers who fail to wash their hands properly.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A Infection
Not everyone who is infected shows symptoms of Hepatitis A. Children are less likely to show symptoms. If symptoms appear, it can take up to 50 days. The signs of Hepatitis A infection may include:
- Dark urine
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps or abdominal pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Other Outbreaks of Hepatitis A Linked to Berries
Fresh and frozen berries have been linked to multiple Hepatitis A outbreaks in recent years. Many recalls have been issued for blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds, mixed berry products, and other berries.
For example, in 2016, frozen strawberries from Egypt were linked to an outbreak of Hepatitis A. At least 134 people in 9 states were infected, mostly after consuming strawberry smoothies at Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
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