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FDA recalls frozen strawberries linked to Hepatitis A

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Illness usually occurs within 15 to 50 days after consuming contaminated food or water

For the 2nd year in a row, the U.S Food and Drug Administration is recalling frozen strawberries linked to hepatitus A.

Since April, investigations into Hepatitis A outbreaks reported “people who provided information about what they ate before becoming ill reported eating frozen organic strawberries.”

Symptoms of hepatitis A virus infection include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine, and pale stool. In some instances, particularly in children under the age of six, hepatitis A infection may be asymptomatic.

Illness usually occurs within 15 to 50 days after eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

FDA’s traceback investigation identified a common supplier of the frozen organic strawberries. Strawberries were imported from certain farms located in Baja California, Mexico, in 2022. The strain of hepatitis A virus causing illnesses this year is genetically identical to the strain that caused the outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections in 2022, which was linked to fresh organic strawberries imported from Baja California, Mexico, and sold at various retailers.

These items were sold frozen and have a long shelf-life of 18 months to two years. Consumers should check their freezers for any recalled frozen strawberries. If you have recalled frozen strawberries in your freezer, throw them out or return to the retailer for a refund.

Hepatitis A is an acute or short-term infection, which means people usually get better without treatment after a few weeks. In rare cases, hepatitis A can be severe and lead to liver failure and the need for an emergency liver transplant to survive.

Walmart’s Great Value brand is on the recall list. Products are Great Value Mixed Fruit 4-lb bags, Great Value Sliced Strawberries 4-lb bags, and Great Value Antioxidant Fruit Blend 2-lb bags.

Those products were sold in Walmart stores in AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY.

See the full list of retailers that sold the products

Story Posted:06/19/2023

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