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Frozen strawberries recalled after Hepatitis A found

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An international company is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its frozen strawberries after they tested positive for Hepatitis A.

The International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall on Oct. 30, 2016.

The recalled products were sold to restaurants and businesses nationwide. They were not sold for use in food products offered for individual retail sale direct to consumers.

Officials said Hepatitis A was detected in four lots of frozen strawberries exported to the U.S. by ICAPP.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus, including from food.

It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months.

Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.

Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food.

In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre-existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure. 

If you believe you’ve been exposed to the virus, contact your doctor immediately. 

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