CUSTOMERS have been warned to throw strawberries in the bin when bought from a number of popular chains after they were linked to a hepatitis A outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating after the bad berries were linked to 17 diseases, 12 of which led to hospitalizations.
The FDA is investigating batches of strawberries in the US and Canada sold at Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods, among others.
The multi-state outbreak affects HEB and FreshKampo branded strawberries.
The FDA says strawberries purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022 were affected, so it’s likely most consumers have either eaten them or already thrown them away.
But officials say if you bought and froze HEB or FreshKampo strawberries between those dates, you should discard them immediately.
There is no evidence that strawberries purchased outside of these dates are affected, and fruit purchased today would be safe to eat.
The FDA believes the outbreak infected organic strawberries packaged by the two companies.
So far, hepatitis A cases linked to the strawberries have been recorded in three states: California, Minnesota and North Dakota, officials say.
“If you are unsure of the brand you purchased, when you purchased your strawberries, or where you purchased them prior to freezing, the strawberries should be discarded,” the FDA told Yahoo News.
Public health authorities in Canada are also investigating the outbreak, although no cases have been confirmed in Canada.
Hepatitis A can have symptoms that range from mild to severe, and most infected people make a full recovery within a few weeks.
Symptoms include muscle pain, fever, fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite.
However, in some cases, it can lead to liver disease and even death.
There is a vaccination against hepatitis A.
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