LANSING, Mich. – Several food service establishments across Ingham County and statewide may have received contaminated shipments of frozen strawberries. The strawberries were recently linked to a Hepatitis A outbreak investigation and recalled. Some were served prior to the recall.
The Ingham County Health Department is recommending that people who consumed the recalled strawberries in the past 14 days contact their health care provider or the county’s communicable disease control division at (517) 887-4308 regarding Hepatitis A vaccination if they have not already been vaccinated. To date, there have been no cases of Hepatitis A linked to the strawberries in the area.
“We have been working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and local health departments statewide to protect the public’s health and ensure a full recall of the affected frozen strawberries,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “The strawberries were not sold directly to consumers in retail locations such as grocery stores. They were only distributed through commercial product sales such as to restaurants.”
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus, including from contaminated 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, yellow skin (jaundice), abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. People with these symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.
For more information about the recall and a list of known and possible food service establishments where the strawberries may have been served in Michigan, visit: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-50772_51097-397016--,00.html