2022 Strawberry Recall: FDA Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Fresh Organic Strawberries from Fresh Kampo and HEB

LOS ANGELES — The FDA is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to fresh organic strawberries.

The affected brands were Fresh Kampo and HEB.

Anyone who bought these strawberries between March 5 and April 25, 2022 and froze them for later consumption should throw them out.

If you’re not sure what brand you bought, when you bought your strawberries, or where you bought them before freezing them, the strawberries should be discarded, says the FDA.

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They were sold at a number of stores, including Aldi, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, WinCo Foods and Walmart, according to the FDA.

Traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota and Canada report buying FreshKampo or HEB brand fresh organic strawberries before falling ill.

The disease onset dates range from March 28 to April 30, 2022.

Symptoms of hepatitis A usually occur within 15 to 50 days after eating or drinking contaminated food or water and may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stools. In some cases, especially in children under six, hepatitis A infection may be asymptomatic, according to the FDA.

People infected with hepatitis A usually recover completely in one to two weeks; however, in rare cases, hepatitis A can become chronic, causing recurrent infection, according to the FDA. Chronic hepatitis A infection can lead to more serious health problems, including liver failure and death.

You are encouraged to contact your doctor if you think you have eaten these strawberries in the past few weeks and/or if you experience symptoms of hepatitis A infection after eating these fresh organic strawberries.

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