Frozen organic strawberries sold at several popular grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and Costco, were recalled by the FDA on Friday after the fruit was linked to multiple hepatitis A cases.
department said At least five people in Washington State have been diagnosed with highly contagious liver infections after eating the product.
“Based on epidemiological data collected by the CDC, 5/5 (100%) of people who provided information about what they ate before they became ill reported eating frozen organic strawberries.
All affected strawberries were imported from farms in Baja California, Mexico.
The strain of hepatitis A virus at the root of the disease is genetically identical to the strain that caused the outbreak in 2022, and is also linked to fresh organic strawberries imported from the same Mexican region, the FDA said. rice field.
Strawberries from failed batches were disturbed nationwide and placed on the shelves of Aldi, Costco, Trader Joe’s, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood, and PCC Community Markets.
“Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not sell, serve, or eat recalled frozen strawberries. These recalled products must be returned or discarded,” the FDA said.
California Splendor has recalled certain packages of frozen strawberries from Costco stores across California.
The Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon has announced a voluntary recall. cites “potential health risks”.
Hepatitis A symptoms usually develop 15 to 50 days after consuming the contaminated product.
According to the FDA, “viral infections include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine, and pale stools”. Infection can be asymptomatic.”