Frozen strawberries recalled as part of hepatitis A outbreak investigation

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP) is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its frozen strawberries imported into the U.S. since the start of 2016 “out of an abundance of caution.”

The recall is in response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation of an outbreak of Hepatitis A. At the end of August, a statewide Hepatitis A scare was linked to frozen strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants and other locations.

The Virginia Department of Health has reported more than 100 cases of Hepatitis A in Virginia due to contaminated strawberries imported from Egypt. Three lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the victims, including one person from Richmond and another from Chester.

Those represented in the lawsuit bought smoothies from the chain. Soon after, they all fell ill with Hepatitis A and experienced typical symptoms of the disease, which include fever, nausea, vomiting, headaches, abdominal pain, and fatigue.

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.

For questions or more information, you can contact ICAPP by email at customerservice@icapp.com.eg or by phone, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Cairo local time, at +201-541-1624.

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