Jack Phillips, The Epoch Times
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded its recall of frozen strawberries this week due to the potential for hepatitis contamination.
According to a news release from the agency,
Willamette Valley Fruit Co., FDA (product label): Recalled strawberries package.
The FDA's notice stated that the Willamette Valley Fruit Company, based in Oregon, had recalled frozen strawberries sold by Walmart, Costco and HEB under the brands Rader Farms Organic and Great Value, as well as Rader Farms Organic and HEB at Costco. The agency also said that the strawberries were grown in Mexico.
The FDA further stated that Walmart stores across the United States sell the Great Value strawberries.
The affected products were sold in
Costco stores will be opened in Colorado, Texas Arizona and California between October 3, 2022 and June 8, 2023.
The FDA's Recall page provides a list of products with their lot numbers and best-by dates.
The FDA stated that Hepatitis A is a contagious disease of the liver caused by exposure to the Hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild infection lasting a few months to a severe illness lasting many months. Officials say that contaminated foods are a common vector of the virus.
Hepatitis A occurs 15 to 50 days after exposure.
Officials also stated. Jaundice, a yellowing of skin and eyes, pale stool, abnormal liver test, abdominal pain and fatigue are all symptoms.
The FDA stated that 'in rare cases', especially for consumers with a severe illness, or who are immune compromised, the hepatitis A can lead to liver failure. Persons who may have consumed the affected product should consult their local health department or their healthcare professional to determine whether a vaccine is appropriate. Consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A must contact their local health department or their healthcare professionals immediately.
The notice stated that the strawberries have not been linked to any illnesses so far.
On April 19, 2023, a building at the Walmart Home Office campus in Bentonville is shown. (Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)
The FDA warned consumers to avoid eating frozen strawberries. The FDA said that consumers should check their freezers to see if they have the recalled strawberries, and not consume them. They can either return the product to the store to get a refund or discard it.
Five cases of hepatitis A were reported by the FDA after an investigation into imported strawberries from Mexico's Baja California State.
In March, there were cases of illness. The strain of Hepatitis A found in these cases is the same as the strain that will cause an epidemic of infection in 2022.
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FDA says frozen strawberries are sold under many brands including PCC Community Markets and Trader Joe's. Also, Kirkland Signature and Simply Nature.