FDA investigating two brands of strawberries after possible Hepatitis A outbreak
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating two brands of organic strawberries sold at major chains such as Trader Joe’s and Walmart that may be linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A.
According to a statement from the FDA, a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada appears to be linked to organic strawberries carrying a FreshKampo or H-E-B label. The agency–who is conducting its investigation along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention–said the products were sold at stores such as Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Aldi, Sprouts, WinCo Foods, H-E-B, Safeway, Kroger and Weis Markets. 12 people have been hospitalized so far, while a total of 17 have been sickened, per the FDA. In the statement given, the agency said the “traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota, and Canada report having purchased fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo or H-E-B prior to becoming ill.”
On top of saying “Do not eat, serve, or sell FreshKampo or HEB brand organic strawberries” purchased between March 5th and April 25th, the FDA also urged people who bought those brands of berries and froze them for later consumption to get rid of them immediately.