Organic Strawberries Blamed for Hepatitis A Outbreak in Children

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Strawberries likely caused hepatitis A outbreak, FDA says – CBS News

Federal food regulators are investigating 17 cases of hepatitis A in the U.S. and Canada linked to FreshKampo and HEB brand strawberries. The strawberries were sold at HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers, Trader Joe’s, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods.

HEB said it has not received or sold the strawberries under investigation since April 16, and said its strawberries are safe. It also said customers should throw away any organic strawberries purchased between March 5 and April 25.

FDA said that the potentially affected strawberries are now past their shelf life, but that anyone who froze them for later use should not eat them. Anyone who purchased the strawberries and ate them in the last two weeks should consult a health care provider.

Hepatitis A symptoms usually appear 2 to 7 weeks after infection and last less than 2 months.

Read more on this story at the following additional news sources:

  1. Strawberries likely caused hepatitis A outbreak, FDA says  CBS News
  2. FDA investigating hepatitis A outbreak possibly linked to fresh strawberries  CNN
  3. Strawberries linked to hepatitis outbreak  CBS Los Angeles
  4. FDA investigating Hepatitis A outbreak linked to organic strawberries sold at major retailers  Fox Business
  5. Strawberries linked to possible hepatitis A outbreak, FDA says  KSDK News
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