Frozen organic strawberries sold at Costco, Aldi, Trader Joe's and other stores are being recalled after they were tied to an outbreak of hepatitis A infections in Washington state.
The US Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat, sell or serve certain brands of frozen organic strawberries after five people have been infected with hepatitis A after eating them. Two people have been hospitalized.
Investigators with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in all five of the cases, the sick individuals had eaten frozen strawberries sold by a common supplier. Strawberries used by this supplier were imported from certain farms in Baja California, Mexico, in 2022.
The strain of hepatitis A causing the illnesses this year is genetically identical to the strain that caused an outbreak of hepatitis A infections last year. That outbreak was linked to fresh organic strawberries imported from Mexico and sold at various retailers in the United States.
Hepatitis A is a hardy virus that survives freezing. It persists for hours on human hands and for days on contaminated surfaces.
In response to the investigation, two suppliers have now recalled frozen organic strawberries: California Splendor of San Diego, California, has recalled certain lots of 4-pound bags of Kirkland brand frozen strawberries at Costco stores in California; Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon, has voluntarily recalled frozen organic strawberries sold to Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood and PCC Community Markets in certain states and to Trader Joe's nationwide.
作为对调查的回应是，两家供应商现已召回了冷冻有机草莓:加利福尼亚州圣地亚哥的California Splendor公司已经召回了加州Costco门店的部分4磅装的Kirkland品牌冷冻草莓;俄勒冈州Gresham的Scenic Fruit Company主动召回了出售给某些州的好市多、阿尔迪、KeHE、Vital Choice Seafood和PCC社区市场以及全国范围内的Trader Joe's的冷冻有机草莓。
The bags of strawberries have "best by" dates that range from April to November 2024. A full list of the recalled strawberries is available on the FDA's website.
The CDC and FDA advise that if you have any of the recalled strawberries in your freezer, you should throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.
Hepatitis A virus is a virus that attacks the liver. People can become ill after 15 to 50 days of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Symptoms of hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea and other symptoms.