INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) – Strawberries sold in many major stores are being recalled due to a hepatitis A outbreak.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said two recalls related to the recall were announced Thursday. The recalled strawberries have been sold at Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choise Seafood, PCC Community Markets and Trader Joe’s. Locations vary by brand, but overall impact the entire United States.
The recall was initiated due to an outbreak of hepatitis A. However, hepatitis A was not detected on any of the recalled products. Companies are calling them out for an excess of caution.
People usually get hepatitis A within 15 to 30 days of exposure. It is a contagious liver disease that can range from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a serious illness that lasts several months.
Trader Joe’s fruit product has been recalled, potentially contaminated with hepatitis A
Symptoms may include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and pale stools. The FDA states that in rare cases, particularly consumers who have a serious pre-existing disease or are immunocompromised, hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure. Anyone with symptoms of hepatitis A should contact their healthcare professionals or local health department immediately.
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If someone has been exposed to hepatitis A, vaccination can prevent the disease if given within two weeks of initial exposure. The FDA says anyone who has consumed the affected product should consult their healthcare provider or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate.
The following products are subject to recall. Anyone who has recalled strawberries should return them to their local store for a full refund. Anyone with questions can contact Scenic Fruit Company at [email protected] or California Splendor, Inc. at [email protected].
Brand NameProduct NameNet Wt.UPC/LotBest By DatesBest If Use DatesBest Before DateDistributed in StatesSimply NatureOrganic Strawberries24 oz.40991002562226/14/2024California, Minnesota,Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin.Vital ChoiceOrganic Strawberries16 oz.8342970050245/20/2024WashingtonKirkland SignatureOrganic Strawberries4 lbs.96619140404140962 -08142222-23142792-54142862-57142912-59142162-20142202-21142782-53142852-56142902-58142212-22142232-24142842-5510/8/2024Alaska, Idaho, Montana,Oregon, Utah, Washington, Hawaii, California.Made WithOrganic Strawberries10 oz. 81434302139011/20/2024Illinois, MarylandPCC CommunityMarketsOrganic Strawberries32 oz.2282710946929/10/2024WashingtonTrader Joe’sOrganic Tropical FruitBlend Pineapple,Bananas, Strawberries& Mango16 oz0051191904/25/2405/12/2405/23/2405/30/2406/07/24Nationwide