Infosolution.biz – The FDA, along with the CDC, Public Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, state, and local partners are investigating multistate outbreaks of hepatitis A infection in the United States and Canada potentially associated with FreshKampo and HEB-branded fresh organic strawberries, purchased between March 5 2022, and April 25, 2022.
Currently, the potentially affected FreshKampo and HEB products have passed their shelf life. People who buy FreshKampo and HEB fresh organic strawberries between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022, and then freeze those strawberries for later consumption are not allowed to eat them. These products are sold at the following retailers, including, but not limited to:
- SHE B
- Safe way
- Sprout Farmers Market
- Trader Joe’s
- Weis Market
- WinCo Food
If you’re not sure what brand you bought, when you bought your strawberries, or where you bought them before freezing them, they should be thrown away.
Epidemiological data and backtracking indicate that fresh organic strawberries sold under the FreshKampo and HEB brands purchased between 5 March 2022 and 25 April 2022, are the most likely cause of disease in this outbreak. Traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota, and Canada reported having purchased FreshKampo or HEB branded fresh organic strawberries before falling ill. The start date of the illness ranges from March 28 – April 30, 2022.
As this investigation is ongoing, additional products may be included. Further information will be provided in this advice as it becomes available.
Consumers, restaurants and retailers may not sell, serve or eat FreshKampo or HEB branded fresh organic strawberries if purchased between 5 March 2022 and 25 April 2022. People who purchase fresh strawberries and then freeze them for later consumption may not eat them. They must be thrown away. Currently, potentially affected products are past their shelf life. If you’re not sure what brand you bought, when you bought your strawberries, or where you bought them before freezing them, they should be thrown away.
If consumers purchase fresh organic strawberries branded FreshKampo or HEB between 5 March 2022 and 25 April 2022, have eaten the fruit within the last two weeks, and have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A, they should immediately consult their healthcare professional to determine whether post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is effective. ) is required. PEP is recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus in the past two weeks because vaccination can prevent hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days of exposure. Those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection do not need PEP.
Call your healthcare provider if you think you have symptoms of hepatitis A infection after eating these fresh organic strawberries, or if you believe you have eaten these strawberries in the past two weeks.