Local family sues over alleged Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberries –

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A lawsuit filed against a San Diego County family claims that all three members of the family contracted hepatitis A after eating strawberries a few weeks before the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it was investigating a man who had consumed the fruit.

The lawsuit filed against FreshKampo in the San Diego Supreme Court on Friday alleges that the three-member family ate FreshKampo strawberries in late April and each developed symptoms of hepatitis A. One of the family members was hospitalized with acute insufficiency due to hepatitis A infection, according to the lawsuit, which states that he was discharged a day later.

The lawsuit alleges that at least 27 people in the United States and Canada were infected, with 16 being hospitalized.

The FDA announced last month that it was investigating an apparent outbreak in several states linked to fresh organic strawberries, including those bearing the FreshKampo brand. A parallel survey was conducted in Canada by the Public Health Service of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The FDA has warned that people who bought fresh strawberries branded FreshKampo and HEB between March 5 and April 25 and then froze the strawberries for later consumption should not eat them.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs ate the strawberries on April 16 and April 25 and continue to suffer from diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue and digestive problems.

While FreshKampo did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit, it issued a statement shortly after the FDA announced its investigation.

“FreshKampo takes food safety seriously and consumer health and well-being are our top priorities,” the statement said. “Our hearts go out to all those affected by the hepatitis A epidemic investigated by the US Food and Drug Administration.”

The company advised consumers to follow the FDA’s recommendations and said the strawberries that may be affected are out of season and no longer shipped to stores. FreshKampo also said it would work with health officials and suppliers “to determine where a problem may have occurred along the supply chain and to take the necessary steps to prevent it from recurring.”

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