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California Counties Warn of Hepatitis A Risk Linked to Egyptian Strawberries

Thursday, November 3, 2016 18:33
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Frozen Strawberries

Frozen Strawberries

On October 31, a voluntary product recall was issued by the International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing (ICAPP) for certain lots of frozen strawberries due to potential Hepatitis A contamination – primarily in Virginia.

Shasta County’s Public Health Department announced that Bella Vista Elementary School and Vittles restaurant may have used products that contain frozen strawberries under recall for suspect Hepatitis A contamination.

  • Bella Vista Elementary officials said the used the strawberries in smoothies they served on October 25
  • Vittles restaurant said the strawberry syrup and toppings may contain strawberry parts, from the same vendor, that was on tables and available from October 20 – 25.

Kern County Public Health has released another list of locations impacted by the voluntary recall of frozen strawberries:

  • Black Bear Diner – Bakersfield and Arvin
  • Church of Jesus Christ LDS – Bakersfield
  • Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli – Bakersfield
  • Super King – Delano and McFarland
  • Greenfield Union School District – Served in a breakfast smoothie on August 18, 2016, September 22, 2016, and October 25-27, 2016
  • Brookdale Riverwalk Skilled Nursing Facility – Served in infused water
  • Glenwood Migrant Head Start and Las Mariposas in Delano – Served yogurt smoothies on October 17, 2016

IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN IMMUNIZED, vaccinations are required within two weeks of exposure at the latest to avoid illness.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A exposure are: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain and dark urine.

Republished with permission from Bill Marler and Marler Clark. Copyright (c) Marler Clark LLP, PS. All rights reserved.

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