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NEWS BRIEF: Hepatitis outbreak linked to strawberries

FDA advises against consumption

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FDA says Ditch the strawberries due to Hepatitis

The Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A that is linked to strawberries purchased between Mar. 5 and Apr. 25 of this year. Even though the fruit would now be past its shelf life, customers often freeze strawberries for later consumption, and are advised by the FDA against doing so.

The potentially affected brands are FreshKampo and HEB, sold in local stores such as Aldi, Kroger, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and Walmart. “If you are unsure of what brand you purchased, when you purchased your strawberries, or where you purchased them from prior to freezing them, the strawberries should be thrown away,” the FDA warned on its website. fda.gov