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March 20, 2023
On March 17, 2023, Scenic Fruit Company recalled frozen Organic Strawberries and Frozen Organic Tropical Fruit Blend because an investigation linked the recalled frozen organic strawberries to at least five hepatitis A infections in Washington residents. The recalled products were sold in Washington at Costco, PCC Community Markets, Trader Joe’s. The product was also sold to Vital Choice Seafood. Consumers are advised to discard these products or return them to stores where they were purchased.
Full details on recalled products can be found at the DOH Food Recalls and Safety Alerts webpage: https://doh.wa.gov/you-and-your-family/food-safety/recalls
The incubation period for hepatitis A infection after exposure ranges from 14 to 50 days (the average is 28 days). Persons who consumed this product in the prior 14 days may benefit from postexposure prophylaxis. If someone ate the recalled strawberries more than 50 days ago and did not develop hepatitis A infection they are no longer at risk from that exposure.