FDA investigates hepatitis A outbreak linked to organic strawberries sold at Walmart, Trader Joe’s and other retailers

  • FDA is investigating FreshKampo and HEB brand organic strawberries for hepatitis A virus.

  • These brands of organic strawberries are sold at Aldi, Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, etc.

  • The United States has recorded a total of 17 cases of hepatitis A linked to strawberries, the FDA said.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating two brands of strawberries sold in top grocery stores for hepatitis A.

The agency is “investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to FreshKampo and HEB brand fresh organic strawberries,” the FDA’s website says.

The affected berries were purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022. The FDA warned people who purchased strawberries during this time and then froze them for disposal.

Hepatitis A can cause mild illnesses that last for weeks as well as severe illnesses that last for months. In rare cases, the infection can cause liver disease and death, the FDA said. Most infected people recover completely within a few weeks.

So far, the FDA has reported 17 illnesses and 12 hospitalizations linked to strawberry consumption. California has seen 15 cases, while Minnesota and North Dakota have seen one case each.

FreshKampo and HEB branded strawberries were sold at multiple retailers including Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis Markets, WinCo Foods.

“If you don’t know what brand you bought, when you bought your strawberries, or where you bought them from before freezing them, the strawberries should be discarded,” the FDA said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also investigating.

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