Costco, Walmart Frozen Strawberries Linked to 4 Hospitalizations

In February 2023, the FDA announced a recall of frozen strawberries including Great Value Mixed Fruit, California Splendor, Wawona Frozen Foods and many more after people became ill. The latest update includes 10 total illnesses and 4 hospitalizations.

The FDA has said that this investigation is ongoing and customers should not ingest any frozen recalled strawberries.

Folks who ingested these frozen strawberries came down with an illness 15 to 50 days afterward, which were accompanied by fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, jaundice, and pale stool. These are symptoms of hepatitis A. In children, these symptoms may be asymptomatic.

The FDA recommends consumers, restaurants, and retailers not sell, serve, or eat the frozen strawberries. The items should be thrown away.

If you think you have frozen recalled strawberries, check your freezer and discard them as they can have a shelf-life of 18 months to two years.

If you feel ill, and have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

As of July 18, 2023, a total of 10 outbreaks have been linked to hepatitis A in four states.

Stores affected by the recall are:

Great Value Mixed Fruit, Sliced Strawberries, and Antioxidant Fruit Blend in Walmart stores in AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY.

Rader Farms Organic Fresh Smoothie Blend, Wawona Frozen Foods, California Splendor in Costco stores in CO, TX, CA, UT, WA, AZ, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Scenic Fruit in Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood, and PCC Community Markets.

Rader Farms Organic Berry Trio in HEB stores in TX.

Meijer recalled Made-With, a brand of frozen organic strawberries.

However, this list is not exhaustive and the investigation is still ongoing.

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