FDA Urges Consumers to Check Freezers for Hepatitis A Contaminated Berries: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
Hepatitis A is a highly infectious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is a common disease that can be transmitted through contaminated food and water or close personal contact with an infected person. Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and jaundice.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) urged consumers to check their freezers for frozen berries sold at Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s and other retailers as they may be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. The berries in question, which were imported from Chile by a California-based company, have been linked to several outbreaks of the disease in multiple states.
According to the F.D.A., the affected products include frozen blackberries sold under the brand names Great Value (Walmart), Kirkland Signature (Costco), and Signature Select (Trader Joe’s). Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to check their freezers and discard any remaining berries.
The F.D.A. is also advising consumers who have consumed these products within the past two weeks to consult with their healthcare provider to determine if they should receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment. PEP treatment can prevent or reduce the severity of hepatitis A if administered within two weeks of exposure.
It is important to note that there is no specific treatment for hepatitis A and that the best way to prevent the disease is through vaccination and good hygiene practices. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating or preparing food, and avoiding close personal contact with infected individuals can also help reduce your risk of contracting the virus.
In conclusion, hepatitis A is a serious disease that can have long-lasting effects on your health. By checking your freezers for the affected products sold at Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s and other retailers and following good hygiene practices, you can help protect yourself and your loved ones from this dangerous virus. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to hepatitis A, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.