FDA Recalls Great Value and Rader Farms Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak in Multiple States

2023-06-14 14:09:54

The citizens who were infected with the virus bought the strawberries, according to the FDA, in large and well-known chain stores such as Walmart, Costco and HEB, under the Great Value and Rader Farms brands, and distributed by Willamette Valley Fruit.

The company immediately recalled the products, as ordered by the FDA. As of June 13, the outbreak has sickened nine people in the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. Three citizens had to be hospitalized after presenting serious symptoms.

The strawberries distributed by Great Value and required to be recalled are in 4-pound bags of Frozen Mixed Fruit, Sliced ​​Strawberries in 4-pound bags, and Antioxidant Mixed Fruit in 2-pound bags.

Great Value products were sold at Walmart stores in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Nebraska , Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Strawberries distributed by Rader Farms and required to be recalled are found in organic smoothie mixes Fresh Start, in 48-ounce bags sold at Costco stores; and organic strawberries that are sold in 3-pound bags and are on public display at HEB stores.

According to the New York State Department of Health, “Most cases of hepatitis A infection result from contact with a domestic or sexual partner who has the disease. However, the virus can also be transmitted by consuming food or drink that was handled by an infected person.

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When these first symptoms begin, in some cases a yellow coloration of the skin and eyes can appear, which is called jaundice.

This symptom is often accompanied by itchy skin, dark urine and whitish stools. It should be remembered that the inflammatory process of hepatitis can last more than 6 months, becoming chronic hepatitis.

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