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Hepatitis A Strikes Bay Area Frozen Strawberries Once More

Throw out any frozen berry mixes from Costco and Trader Joe’s

These strawberries in the frozen section may contain hepatitis A.
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You might want to double-check those bags of frozen berries from Costco and Trader Joe’s before blending up your morning smoothie. Crops of strawberries from California Splendor and Scenic Fruit are under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after an outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to the producing farms. The FDA named specific state and product recalls but points out California Splendor supplied berries to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide.

Bay Area shoppers should avoid Trader Joe’s tropical fruit blend, and any of the following products: Kirkland Signature 4-lb. bag Frozen Organic Whole Strawberries, Simply Nature Organic Strawberries, Vital Choice Organic Strawberries, Made With Organic Strawberries, and PNW-based PCC Community Markets Organic Strawberries. Hepatitis A symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and jaundice, according to experts. Children under the age of six may be asymptomatic. This list is not exhaustive and the FDA is continuing to identify potential suppliers and producers.

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