PROVIDENCE, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) reports the Scenic Fruit Company announced its frozen organic strawberries recalled due to an outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses which may be related to the fruit.
The recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution, as Hepatitis A has not been detected on this product, RIDOH noted. Out of an abundance of caution, consumers should stop consuming the product and return it to their local store for a refund, the agency reported. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus, including from food. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre-existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.
Illness occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food. Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately.
The products subject to this recall are listed online. The lot codes and best by dates are found on the back of each bag.
All inventories of the affected lot should be removed from sale. Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to destroy or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at [email protected]
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