(CMR) The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating two brands of organic strawberries sold at numerous grocery stores for a possible link to an outbreak of Hepatitis A.
The brands being investigated are FreshKampo and HEB, sold by several retailers, including Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Weis Markets, and WinCo Foods.
According to the FDA, the potentially affected FreshKampo and HEB products are past shelf life. People who purchased FreshKampo and HEB fresh organic strawberries between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022, and then froze those strawberries for later consumption are advised not to eat them.
Persons who are unsure of what brand they purchased, when they purchased the strawberries, or where they purchased them before freezing them are advised to throw them away.
The traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota, and Canada report having purchased fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo or HEB before becoming ill.
The outbreak is also being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, USA Today reported.
Hepatitis A is a contagious, vaccine-preventable liver infection. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, and jaundice. In rare cases, the FDA said it could result in liver failure and death.