Federal health officials report investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen organic strawberries imported from certain farms located in Baja California, Mexico, by a common supplier.
Frozen organic strawberries may be sold to a variety of retailers under multiple brand labels. Traceback and epidemiological investigations show that people with outbreak-associated cases purchased the same retail brand of frozen organic strawberries prior to becoming ill.
As of July 18, 2023, a total of 10 outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A have been reported from 4 states–California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.
In response to this investigation, California Splendor, Inc. of San Diego, California voluntarily recalled certain lots of 4-lb. bags of Kirkland Signature Frozen Organic Whole Strawberries that were sold at Costco stores in Los Angeles, California; Hawaii; and two San Diego, California business centers. The lots subject to this recall include: 140962-08, 142222-23, 142792-54, 142862-57, 142912-59, 142162-20, 142202-21, 142782-53, 142852-56, 142902-58, 142212-22, 142232-24, 142842-55.
In response to this investigation, Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon voluntarily recalled frozen organic strawberries, sold to Costco, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood, and PCC Community Markets in certain states. Products subject to this recall include:
|Brand Name||Product Name||Net Wt.||UPC||Best By Date, Best If Use Date, Best Before Date||Distributed in States|
|Simply Nature||Organic Strawberries||24 oz.||4099100256222||6/14/2024||Arizona,
|Vital Choice||Organic Strawberries||16 oz.||834297005024||5/20/2024||Washington|
|Kirkland Signature||Organic Strawberries||4 lbs.||96619140404||10/8/2024||Alaska,
|Made With||Organic Strawberries||10 oz.||814343021390||11/20/2024||Illinois,
|PCC Community Markets||Organic Strawberries||32 oz.||22827109469||29/10/2024||Washington|
|Trader Joe’s||Organic Tropical Fruit Blend Pineapple, Bananas, Strawberries & Mango||16 oz.||00511919||04/25/24,
On March 17, 2023, a retailer, Meijer, also issued press to voluntarily recall Made-With brand frozen organic strawberries from certain market store locations.
In response to this investigation, on June 7, 2023, Wawona Frozen Foods of Clovis, California, initiated a voluntary recall of year-old packages of Wawona brand Organic DayBreak Blend 4-lb. bags that were distributed to Costco Wholesale stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington from April 15, 2022, to June 26, 2022, with “Use By” dates of 9/23/2023, 9/29/2023, 9/30/2023, and 10/18/2023:
|Best If Used By 09/23/2023||Best If Used By 09/29/2023||Best If Used By 09/30/2023||Best If Used By 10/18/2023|
|Affected Lot Codes:||Affected Lot Codes:||Affected Lot Codes:||Affected Lot Codes:|
In response to this investigation, on June 12, 2023, Willamette Valley Fruit Co. of Salem, Oregon, voluntarily recalled select packages of frozen fruit containing strawberries distributed to the following retailers: Walmart (from January 24, 2023, to June 8, 2023), Costco Wholesale Stores (from October 3, 2022, to June 8, 2023), and HEB (from July 18, 2022, to June 8, 2023). Products subject to this recall include:
|Retailer||Product Name||Net weight||Lot Code||Best By Date||Distributed in States|
|Walmart||Great Value Sliced Strawberries||4 lbs.||4018305
|AR, AZ, CA,
CO, HI, IA, ID,
IL, IN, KS, KY,
LA, MD, MI,
MN, MO, MT,
ND, NE, NV,
NY, OH, OK,
OR, PA, SD,
TX, UT, VA,
WI, WV, WY
|Great Value Mixed Fruit||4 lbs.||4024205
|Great Value Antioxidant Fruit Blend||40 oz.||4032305||8/2/2024|
|Costco Wholesale||Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend||48 oz. bag containing six 8 oz. pouches||4224202
|AZ, CA, CO, TX|
|HEB||Rader Farms Organic Berry Trio||3 lbs.||4153205
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The hepatitis A virus is found in the stool and blood of people who are infected. The hepatitis A virus is spread when someone ingests the virus, usually through close personal contact with an infected person or from eating contaminated food or drink.
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