Frozen strawberries have been pulled due to hepatitis A risks

The U.S.ood and Drug Administration warned consumers this week that some frozen strawberries that were available at Trader Joe’s, Costco, and other stores were warned because of the risk of hepatitis A infection.

ThisDA alert includes an image of some of the trademarks and packaging.

Some lots of Kirkland Signature organic strawberries, Trader Joe’s Organic Tropicalruit blend and other brands have been voluntarily recalled by two suppliers this week as theood and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigate outbreaks linked to the fruit.

The USood and Drug Administration said an outbreak of hepatitis A in Washington state has hospitalized two people and infected up to five people. alert on her site. The agency said patients reported eating frozen organic strawberries before they became ill. Theood and Drug Administration said the infections were linked to strawberries imported from certain farms in Baja California, Mexico.

“Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not sell, serve or eat recalled frozen strawberries. These recalled or discarded products must be returned,” the warning read. “If consumers have purchased recalled frozen organic strawberries and have eaten those berries in the past two weeks, and have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A, they should consult a healthcare professional immediately.”

Other stores that carried frozen strawberries include Aldi and PCC Community Markets, and other brands include Made With organic strawberries and Simply Nature.

Specific details about stores, brands, lots, best buy dates, etc. are available at theDA Warn.

suppliers, California splendor And Scenic fruitalso released information about the recall, as I did AldiAnd CostcoAnd PCC Community Markets And Trader Joe’s. They all say hepatitis A was not detected in their respective products but the recalls were done “out of an abundance of caution”. Made With did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

The USood and Drug Administration said the hepatitis A strain found in Washington state is identical to the strain that caused the outbreak in 2022.

Hepatitis A It is an infection of the liver, an organ responsible for filtering blood and other important functions. Although most people recover fully (and many people in the United States are vaccinated against the virus), symptoms can last from weeks to months and can cause more serious illness in some people.

TheDA said symptoms include abdominal pain, dark urine, fatigue, jaundice, nausea, pale stools, and vomiting. In some cases, symptoms may not appear, especially in children younger than 6 years old.

CNET’s Jessica Rendall contributed to this report.

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