“When in doubt, throw them out!”
Total United States Illnesses: 17 – Canada 10
United States Hospitalizations: 12 – Canada 4
Illness onset dates range from March 28 – April 30, 2022.
States with Cases: California (15), Minnesota (1), North Dakota (1) – Provinces with Cases: Alberta (4) and Saskatchewan (6)
Product Distribution: United State and Canada
The FDA, along with CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, state, and local partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo and HEB, purchased between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022.
Currently, the potentially affected FreshKampo and HEB products are past shelf life. People who purchased FreshKampo and HEB fresh organic strawberries between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022, and then froze those strawberries for later consumption should not eat them. These products were sold at the following retailers, including, but not limited to:
Sprouts Farmers Market
Canadian Co-op stores
Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have symptoms of a hepatitis A infection after eating these fresh organic strawberries, or if you believe that you have eaten these strawberries in the last two weeks. If you have eaten these organic strawberries, purchased fresh and later frozen, or have symptoms consistent with hepatitis A, see your health care provider immediately. Vaccination can prevent a hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days of exposure. Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
loss of appetite
nausea and vomiting
stomach cramps or abdominal pain
jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
After you have been exposed to hepatitis A, symptoms typically appear 14 to 28 days later, but may occur up to 50 days later.
Symptoms usually last less than two months. Mild symptoms may last only one or two weeks, while severe symptoms can last up to nine months.
Anyone can become ill with hepatitis A infection. Most people who become ill from a hepatitis A infection will recover fully, but the risk of serious complications increases with older age and in those with underlying liver disease.
It is possible for some people to be infected with hepatitis A and to not get ill or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the virus to others.
Wash and sanitize any drawers, shelves, or containers where the products were stored using a kitchen sanitizer (follow the directions on the container) or prepare a bleach solution in a labelled spray bottle (you can use a ratio of 5 ml of household bleach to 750 ml of water) and rinse with water.
Wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food, and after using the washroom or changing diapers.
If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, do not prepare or serve food and drinks to others.
Hepatitis A: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $800 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food. The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Costco, Subway, McDonald’s, Red Robin, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr. We proudly represented the family of Donald Rockwell, who died after consuming Hepatitis A tainted food and Richard Miller, who required a liver transplant after eating food at a Chi-Chi’s restaurant.
If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.
Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits:
- Alta Restaurant Hepatitis A Exposure Class Action lawsuit – New York (2013)
- Carl’s Jr. Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – Washington (2000)
- Chi-Chi’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – Pennsylvania (2003)
- Chipotle Grill Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – California (2008)
- D’Angelo’s Deli Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – Massachusetts (2001)
- Friendly’s Hepatitis A Exposure Lawsuit – Massachusetts (2004)
- Genki Sushi Hepatitis A Outbreak and Litigation – Hawaii (2016)
- Houlihan’s Hepatitis A Exposure Lawsuit – Illinois (2007)
- Maple Lawn Dairy Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuit – New York (2004)
- McDonald’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – Illinois (2009)
- McDonald’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuit – Washington (1998)
- New Hawaii Sea Restaurant Hepatitis A Outbreak (2013)
- Olive Garden Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuit – North Carolina (2011)
- Quizno’s Hepatitis A Exposure Lawsuit – Massachusetts (2004)
- Red Robin Restaurant Hepatitis A Exposure Class Action lawsuit – Missouri (2014)
- Soleil Produce Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – California (2005)
- Subway Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – Washington (1999)
- Taco Bell Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits – Florida (2000)
- Townsend Farms Organic Frozen Berries Hepatitis A Lawsuits- Multistate (2013)
- Tropical Smoothie Hepatitis A Lawsuits – Multistate (2018)