OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers have been investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A infections that has sickened at least five people. On March 16th, Costco recalled Kirkland-brand frozen organic strawberries distributed to Los Angeles, San Diego, and Hawaii. Although the virus has not yet been found on the product, Costco is recalling certain 4 lb. bags of the fresh organic strawberries. The lots subject to recall are:
140962-08 142222-23 142792-54 142862-57 142912-59
142162-20 142202-21 142782-53 142852-56 142902-58
142212-22 142232-24 142842-55
This is a developing situation, and this page will update as events unfold. If you believe you have contracted Hepatitis A after consuming these strawberries, please contact us using the form above for a free consultation.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease affecting liver function, caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus causes inflammation in the liver, which can impair its ability to function fully and efficiently. In most cases, HAV is transmitted due to infected fecal matter being ingested via contaminated food or water. Common symptoms include:
Anyone who believes they may have eaten the contaminated blackberries and exhibits the symptoms described above should seek immediate medical attention, particularly if they have not previously been vaccinated against Hepatitis A. Such individuals may benefit from treatment called “post-exposure prophylaxis” (PEP). This treatment may be helpful even if no symptoms of Hepatitis A have occurred.
OFT Law is a national food safety law firm with experience in these kinds of outbreaks. We offer free consultations to anybody potentially impacted by this outbreak.