2022 – The United States and Canada investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to Reuters organic strawberries

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Strawberries are seen in this January 29, 2018 illustrative photo: Thomas White/Reuters

Food safety agencies in the United States and Canada are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A potentially linked to spoiled organic strawberries that has infected 17 people in the United States and 10 in Canada, US authorities said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said fifteen illnesses have been reported in California, and one each in Minnesota and North Dakota. The Food and Drug Administration, without going into details, said 12 of the patients were hospitalized.

The nationwide distributed product was sold under the brand name FreshKampo, or HEB, between March 5 and April 25, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement late Saturday.

People who buy fresh strawberries and then freeze those strawberries for later consumption should not eat them. It must be disposed of.”

Public Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said they are investigating cases in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Sources said the imported organic strawberries were purchased between March 5 and March 9 and are no longer available in Canada.

“Based on the results of the investigation to date, the consumption of fresh imported organic strawberries is the likely source of the outbreak,” the authorities said in a statement.

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