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It was recently revealed that the strawberries mexican are investigated for the United States for possible contamination of Hepatitis Afor which they requested to return these frozen fruits that had been distributed in Walmart, Costco and HEB.
The office of Food and Medicines of the United States (FDA, for its acronym in English), reported in a statement yesterday, about the investigation that began to strawberries frozen organic that were grown in Baja California, Mexico, and which were exported to said country to be sold in supermarkets. The foregoing because they are possibly contaminated with hepatitis A.
Why are you investigating Mexican strawberries?
This investigation began against companies such as Willamette Valley Fruit, California Splendor, Frozen Foods and Scenic Fruit, who were the ones that sold these frozen fruits in various supermarkets located in Oregon, Colorado, Texas, California and Arizona. The FDA also commented that strawberries frozen were distributed under the brands of Great Value, Organic DayBreak, Wawona Brand, Rader Farms Organic, Simply Nature, Vital Choice, Kirkland Signatureand others.
“Based on tracking data collected during the ongoing investigation of the hepatitis A infections linked to strawberries frozen organic imported from Baja California, Mexico, the FDA has identified other companies that may have received potentially contaminated products.
Thus, the FDA requested all consumers, stores, and restaurants to avoid consuming, selling, or serving this fruit frozen. In addition, the collection of these strawberries so they can be discarded.
What is known so far about the possible infected?
In the statement, the FDA reported nine cases of people infected between February and April of this year, who had to be admitted to hospital. Likewise, the Centers for the Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC, for its acronym in English), confirmed that 100% of people who got sick reported having eaten frozen strawberries before presenting symptoms.
On the other hand, the investigation pointed out that there are indications that the strain of the hepatitis A virus it is genetically identical to the strain that caused an outbreak of infections last year, which had also been linked to strawberries grown in Baja California, but on that occasion had been sold to retail stores.
What causes Hepatitis A disease?
It should be noted that the hepatitis A virus It is a contagious disease that damages the liver, which, in the best of cases, can last a few weeks, but can also become severe and last several months. Infected people usually begin to notice symptoms 15 to 50 days after exposure, which may include abdominal pain, dark urine, pale stools, jaundice, and fatigue.
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