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FDA is investigating organic strawberries in connection with a possible hepatitis A outbreak

Two brands of organic strawberries sold at big chains like Trader Joe’s and Walmart could be linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA said in a statement Saturday that it is investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A infection in the United States and Canada that appears to be linked to fresh, organic strawberries.

The potentially spoiled fruit carried a FreshKampo or HEB label, the FDA said. Anyone who bought those brands of berries between March 5 and April 25 and froze them for later consumption should get rid of them immediately, the agency said.

The products were sold in stores such as Aldi, HEB, Kroger KR,
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Safeway and Weis Markets, along with Trader Joe’s and Walmart WMT,
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said the FDA.

The FDA, conducting its investigation in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said 17 people with 12 hospitalizations have become ill so far. in one statement on its websiteTexas-based HEB said its strawberries are safe to consume.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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Brian Lowry

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