MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Federal and local authorities are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A potentially linked to organic strawberries sold at grocery stores such as Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Aldi.
In a statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said consumers in Minnesota, California and Canada have reported falling ill after eating fresh organic strawberries sold under the FreshKampo brand.
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While the potentially contaminated berries are currently expired, consumers who froze the berries between March 5 and April 25 are advised to discard the fruit.
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FreshKampo strawberries have been sold at retailers including Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Walmart.
Those who are not vaccinated against hepatitis A and who have consumed FreshKampo strawberries within the last two weeks are advised to consult their doctor immediately. Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and fever.
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Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or water, or through contact with an infected person.