Strawberries linked to hepatitis A outbreak sold in US and Canada, FDA says

The United States’ Food and Drug Administration updated its investigation into strawberries linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A, saying that a similar outbreak was found in Canada.

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The FDA updated its investigation into the multistate hepatitis A outbreak Thursday, and emphasized that anyone who had purchased strawberries branded as FreshKampo or HEB between March 5 and April 15, 2022 should throw them away. While the berries are past their shelf life and no are longer being sold, health officials are concerned people may have frozen them.

The FDA said Thursday that the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also investigating a hepatitis A outbreak, and that FreshKampo-imported strawberries were identified as the likely source.

The strawberries were initially recalled in May, after the FDA said that it was made aware of 17 cases of hepatitis A in three states, as we reported at the time.

Symptoms of hepatitis A typically begin within 15 to 50 days after consuming contaminated food or water. According to the FDA, symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, jaundice and abdominal pain.

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