[Updated June 10 to include an additional case in California] Strawberries sold at ALDI, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis, and WinCo Foods have been linked to a multistate Hepatitis A outbreak. The organic strawberries, sold under the brand names FreshKampo and HEB from March 5, 2022, to April 25, 2022, are no longer on store shelves. But consumers who purchased and froze them should not eat them. Anyone who isn’t certain that the strawberries they have frozen are not those that are implicated should not eat them.
How is Hepatitis Spread?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that causes inflammation of the liver transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning stool from an infected person contaminates food that is ingested by others. This can happen if an infected food handler doesn’t properly wash hands after using the restroom.
Symptoms of a hepatitis A infection, which can take up to seven weeks to develop, include yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, light-colored or clay-colored stools, decreased appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, joint pain, and abdominal cramps.
At least 18 illnesses associated with these contaminated strawberries have been reported in three states: California (16), Minnesota (1), and North Dakota (1). Thirteen people have been hospitalized.
In Canada 10 cases have been reported, four in Alberta and six in Saskatchewan. Four of the patients, who range in age from 10 to 75, were hospitalized.
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Update: This post was originally published May 29 and updated June 10 to include an additional case.