In Minnesota, organic strawberries sold at ALDI, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart have been linked to a hepatitis A outbreak. The multistate outbreak includes 17 illnesses in three states: California (15), Minnesota (1), and North Dakota (1). Twelve people have been hospitalized. Ten illnesses have also been reported in Canada.
The strawberries, sold under the brand name FreshKampo from March 5, 2022, to April 25, 2022, are no longer on store shelves. However, health officials are concerned that consumers who purchased the strawberries may have frozen them for later use.
ALDI, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart customers in Minnesota who aren’t sure whether strawberries they recently purchased and froze are the FreshKampo organic strawberries implicated in this hepatitis outbreak should not eat them.
What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that causes inflammation of the liver. It is transmitted when stool from an infected person contaminates food that is ingested by others. This can happen if an infected food handler uses the restroom but doesn’t properly wash hands before returning to work.
Symptoms of a hepatitis A infection can take up to seven weeks to develop. They include yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, light-colored or clay-colored stools, decreased appetite, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and joint pain.
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