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FDA Alert: Frozen Strawberries Recalled Across US After Hepatitis Reports

• by Jack Phillips

On Monday, the Willamette Valley Fruit Company based in Oregon announced the recall of frozen strawberries that are sold at Walmart, Costco, and HEB retail stores under the brand names Rader Farms Organic at Costco and HEB as well as Great Value at Walmart, the FDA notice said. The strawberries were grown in Mexico, the agency added.

The FDA notice further said that Walmart locations across the United States sold the Great Value strawberries, while the impacted products were sold at Costco stores in Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and California between Oct. 3, 2022, and June 8, 2023. A list of products, lot numbers, and best by dates is available on the FDA's recall website.

Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus, can "range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months," the FDA said.  A common vector for the virus is via contaminated food, officials say.

Hepatitis A disease occurs between 15 and 50 days of exposure, officials also said. The symptoms include jaundice—a yellowing of the skin and eyes—as well as pale stool, abnormal liver tests, abdominal pain, fatigue, and dark urine.