The federal agency released a statement on Saturday, saying that together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (GGD), it will investigate a ‘multistate outbreak’ of infections in the US. It will also work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for cases reported there.
Infections in North America are linked to organic strawberries packaged by FeshKampo – a producer and distributor of berries in California and Texas-based bakery HEB, purchased between March 5 and April 25.
Consumers who bought the berries with labels from the two brands are urged to dispose of their lots immediately, especially if they are frozen to consume later, the FDA said.
The strawberries were also shipped and put up for sale at other popular groceries across the country, including Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, Wei Markets, Sprouts Farmers Market, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods, the FDA added. As of Sunday, 17 people have become ill in connection with the epidemic, of which 12 have been hospitalized.
The epidemic is thought to be unrelated to the ongoing spread of hepatitis that has infected 216 people in 37 states, according to the WSO. The cause of the mysterious outbreak remains unknown. No new deaths or liver transplants were reported in the last seven days, the CDC revealed in its weekly update.
HEB and FreshKampo labeled biological strawberries are being tested by the FDA because they may be causing a hepatitis A outbreak in the US, according to the FDA
The FDA strongly advises people to dispose of all strawberry batches with HEB and FreshKampo labels purchased between March 5 and April 25
The federal agency also said the potentially infected strawberries were sold at popular supermarkets Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods
Worldwide, more than 500 cases have been detected in connection with the unknown outbreak, mostly in the United Kingdom and the US, but also on the mainland of Europe, South America, Israel and Asia.
“The traceback studies show that cases in California, Minnesota and Canada report that they bought fresh organic strawberries like FreshKampo or HEB before they became ill,” the FDA said in its statement.
‘Initial dates of illness vary from March 28 to April 30, 2022’, reads the statement.
On Sunday, HEB, which stands for the messenger’s legendary CEO – Howard E. Butt – released a statement saying that strawberries sold in their store are ‘safe to consume’.
“No strawberry diseases related to the FDA investigation have been reported at HEB or in Texas,” the supermarket chain said.
“The FDA is conducting an investigation into biological strawberries sold between March 5 and April 25, 2022. HEB has not received or sold biological strawberries since April 16 from the investigated supplier,” the company continued.
So far, FreshKampo has not commented on the epidemic.
HEB, which is only in Texas in the US, said that strawberries sold in its stores are ‘safe to consume’ and that it ‘has not received or sold organic strawberries’ from FreshKampo since April 16.
Hepatitis A causes inflammation of the liver which usually results from a viral infection or liver damage due to drinking alcohol. It can also be spread from contaminated food or water, or contact with someone who is infected.
Some cases heal themselves, without persistent problems. However, fatalities are not an anomaly and some serious cases require patients to receive liver transplants.
People who have hepatitis generally have fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light stools and joint pain.
They can also suffer from jaundice – if the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow.
Infections usually go away in one or two months, sometimes shorter. Rest and constant hydration are essential for recovery.
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