Recalls are like unexpected gusts of wind, which can disrupt our daily lives. When we thought we were safe, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again sounded the alarm, announcing yet another unexpected recall. This time, the spotlight falls on frozen strawberries. Before you indulge in your favorite fruity concoction, it might be wise to dive deeper into the reasons behind this recall and arm yourself with the important information that could safeguard your health and well-being.
The FDA has initiated an investigation and recalls for frozen strawberries due to concerns of potential Hepatitis A contamination. As of July 18, 2023, the FDA has reported a total of 10 outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A across four states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has collected data indicating that all 10 people (100%) who shared their dietary information reported consuming frozen organic strawberries before falling ill.
Brands with potential risks
Walmart stores in 32 states, including Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and others, sold Great Value Mixed Fruit, Sliced Strawberries, and Antioxidant Fruit Blend, all of which are now under recall. Scenic Fruit, the supplier responsible for the recalled products, distributed them to specific states for various retailers, including Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood, PCC Community Markets, and Trader Joe’s nationwide. However, it’s worth mentioning that this list of products and stores is not the final list. The FDA is actively collaborating with the companies involved to uncover any potential additional product information that may be relevant to the recall.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
Typically, symptoms of hepatitis A virus infection manifest within 15 to 50 days after consuming contaminated food or water. These symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine, and pale stool. In certain cases, especially among children under the age of six, hepatitis A infection can be asymptomatic, showing no apparent signs or symptoms.
What to do if you have the recalled frozen strawberries?
Recalled frozen strawberries should not be sold, served, or consumed by consumers, restaurants, or retailers. It’s important to dispose of these products immediately. The frozen strawberries in question have a prolonged shelf-life of 18 months to two years. It’s best to check your freezer for any recalled items. If any of these frozen strawberries are found, they should be promptly discarded.
Find more information about the recall here.