US and Canada probe potential link between strawberries and hepatitis A outbreak

The United States and Canada have teamed up to investigate a potential link between organic strawberries purchased in March and April and a recent outbreak of hepatitis A in the two countries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said additional products may be included on its food watch list linked to the outbreak as the investigation continues.

In an announcement Saturday, the FDA said it was working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and state and local partners to investigate “a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to FreshKampo and HEB brand fresh organic strawberries.” The FDA added that the investigation is particularly focused on organic strawberries purchased between March 4 and April 25.

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