Strawberries Have Been Linked to An Outbreak of Hepatitis A: What You Should Know

Organic Strawberries + Hep A + Outbreak

Hepatitis A cases have been linked to strawberries sold at Walmart, Trader Joe’s and other top grocery stores.

Strawberries have been linked to an increase in Hepatitis A cases. [Photo Credit: Mykel B Davis]

Organic strawberries produced from two brands, FreshKampo and HEB, sold at stores including Walmart and Trader Joes have been linked to a US outbreak of hepatitis A.

The affected berries were purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022.

The Food and Drug Administration is “investigating a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries branded FreshKampo and HEB,” the FDA website says.

The FDA urges consumers who have purchased and stored them in freezers to not consume and dispose of them.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver that can cause mild to severe illness, the World World Health Organization website reports.

In rare cases, Hepatitis A can cause liver disease and death. Most people who are infected can expect to make a full recovery within a few weeks.

So far, the FDA has reported 17 illnesses and 12 hospitalizations connected to organic strawberry consumption. 15 of those cases were from California, while Minnesota and North Dakota reported one each.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also investigating.

Jif Peanut Butter Recall Affects At Least 69 Other Products: What You Should Know

Jif Peanut Butter Recall

Jif peanut butter has been recalled for potential salmonella contamination linked to a Lexington, Ky. manufacturing facility.

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Jif Peanut Butter is being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination by the J.M Smucker Co on Friday.

On Friday, The J.M Smucker Co., the parent company for popular peanut butter brand, issued a voluntary recall to Jif’s peanut butter products.

According to the CDC, The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing the investigation on the outbreak as 14 people have reported illnesses and two of those cases have resulted in hospitalizations.

Jif’s recalled products are now linked to 69 other product recalls due to peanut butter being notably used in chocolates, fruit and veggie trays, peanut butter sandwiches and more.

The original recall covered 49 Jif products, but the widening recalls include a number of other popular brands including Del Monte’s PB&J sandwiches and some of Albertsons’ store-made snacks.

Recalled products can be identified Lot numbers between 1274425-2140425 and include the numbers 425 for the 5th-7th digits. “425” indicates that the product was produced in the Lexington Facility.

Jif Peanut Butter Label Of Recalled Lot Number including “425” indicator that item was produced in Lexington, Ky. manufacturing facility [The Food and Drug Administration]

A full list of Jif’s recalled products and their numbers can be found on the FDA’s website.

The Food and Drug Administration wants to note that peanut butter has at least a two-year shelf life and encourages consumers to check their cabinets for affected items.

Smuckers is promising to reimburse people who have to discard their peanut butter. If you are affected in the Jif recall, you can visit a special website to submit a claim for up to five products at a time.

Coupons are expected to be sent to pay for replacement items, but that process can take up to six weeks.

Based on the widening recall, the outbreak is said to expand beyond US borders and affects other countries and provinces such as Canada, and the Dominican Republic to Thailand and Japan, according to the FDA.

More on this outbreak is being investigated. Check back for details.

Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage Worsens: What You Should Know

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Nationwide baby formula shortage worsens as supply dwindles down.

Baby Formula Shelf at HEB Food Store in Cypress, Texas on May 11. [Mykel B Davis/Muscle Up Mommy]

America’s baby formula shortage is becoming a full on national crisis. Parents who use recalled Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas are encouraged to stop use.

In many states, including Michigan and Texas, more than half of formula inventory is out-of-stock. Amid medical conditions such as food allergies and gastrointestinal issues, parents are scrambling to find their children’s specific formula and alternatives.

Many stores such a Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and other grocery stores have begun limiting product purchases to keep families from stockpiling available inventory.

Even with such product limits in place, experts and non-profit organizations say low-income families and children with special needs in rural areas will be most affected by the dramatic fallout of the formula shortage.

“It’s completely unfair. In a home where I have twin infants to feed, the product limit means my children will get 50% less food than a home with only one infant,” One mom of multiples said. “As if it hasn’t been hard enough to find their brand in stores, now I have to drive to multiple stores just to get what they need.”

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Baby Formula Shelf at Walmart in Houston, TX on May 10. [Mykel B Davis/Muscle Up Mommy]

The Food and Drug Administration reported consumer complaints of bacterial infections in four infants who consumed powdered infant formula produced in Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. They said in a statement, “All four infants had to be hospitalized and the bacterial infection may have contributed to death in two patients.”

The powdered formula consumed has been linked to a some risk of Cronobacter contamination. The FDA says contaminated baby-formulas should no longer be available in retail stores and parents are encouraged to check their home for any possible recalled brands.

A full list of recalled brands was published by the FDA.

This bacteria, the virus that led to the global pandemic in 2019 and caused extreme supply chain issues across the country is ultimately what led to this now baby-fomula shortage and national crisis.

The FDA suggests that parents who have children with special medical nutrition needs contact their children’s health care provider for recommendations on changing feeding practices, if regular formula is not available.

The FDA also says, “If you get infant formula through WIC, do not throw the formula out. Instead, you should take it to the store for a refund and exchange or call the company at 1-800-986-8540 to help you. WIC recipients should be able to obtain a different brand of similar formula. Call your local WIC clinic for more guidance.”

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