Strawberries served in Detroit linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

Strawberries served in Detroit linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

Frozen strawberries served in restaurants across metro Detroit and other areas have been linked to the recent Hepatitis A outbreak that sickened more a hundred people across the nation, officials confirmed.

As of October 20, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) confirmed 134 cases of Hepatitis A across the nation, including Maryland, New York and Virginia. However, no cases of Hepatitis A linked to the strawberries have been reported in the Detroit area.

The frozen strawberries, which have since been recalled, were imported from Egypt since Jan. 1. The supplier has been identified as the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP).

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said in a statement, “The International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing (ICAPP) in Egypt is where the frozen strawberries came from. They are the ones who issued the recall. They have been recalled back to January of 2016.”

Authorities also confirmed that the strawberries in question weren’t sold through retail locations. They were distributed only to commercial restaurants and food service facilities across the nation.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can range from a mild infection lasting a few days to a serious one lasting several months. Symptoms include abdominal pain, yellow skin, dark urine, pale stool and fatigue.


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