Update: Frozen Fruit Recalls In Montana.
It was reported about two months ago of a frozen fruit recall involving products sold at Walmart stores in various states including Montana during the week of June 13th.
The products recalled from frozen strawberries as well as fruit blends containing Hepatitis A.
So far, like I reported two months ago no cases have been detected in Montana, and still only sent to Walmart and not Costco.
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With investigations pending, The Food and Drug Administration made a statement on their current findings. They reported cases as close as Washington.
July 20, 2023
As of July 18, 2023, a total of 10 outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A have been reported from four states. Based on epidemiological data collected by CDC, 10/10 (100%) people who provided information about what they ate before becoming ill reported eating frozen organic strawberries.
Total Illnesses: 10
Last Illness Onset: June 4, 2023
States with Cases: CA (2), HI (1), OR (1), WA (6)
Product Distribution: Nationwide
They are still looking at the same recalled dates as previously reported.
During the remainder of the investigation the FDA urges all who may come in contact with the recalled products that HAVE NOT been vaccinated against HEP A to consult healthcare professionals to determine if vaccination is necessary.
They also warn about the signs of the illness:
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. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre-existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure. 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.
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