FDA Says Strawberries Sold in US and Canada are Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

FDA Says Strawberries Sold in US and Canada are Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak
FDA Says Strawberries Sold in US and Canada are Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has modified its inquiry into strawberries connected to an outbreak of hepatitis A to include the discovery of a similar outbreak in Canada, according to KIRO7.

Thursday, the FDA gave an update on its investigation into the multistate hepatitis A outbreak and highlighted everyone who purchased strawberries labeled FreshKampo or HEB between March 5 and April 15, 2022 should discard them.

Although the berries have passed their expiration date and are no longer for sale, health officials are particularly worried that some people may have frozen them.

Thursday, the FDA announced that the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also conducting an investigation an outbreak of hepatitis A, and that strawberries shipped from FreshKampo have been identified as the possible culprit.

The strawberries were orginally recalled in May after the FDA said it was alerted that 17 cases of hepatitis A had arose in three states.

Hepatitis A outbreak possibly linked to strawberries

After consuming contaminated food or water, hepatitis A symptoms typically manifest inside of 15 to 50 days. Symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, and abdominal pain, per the FDA.

Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Virus: Strawberries (May 2022)

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