FDA Announces Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Blackberries.
A Hepatitis A outbreak was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 20, 2019. The source of the outbreak is believed to be blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners are currently investigating this outbreak as it has already affected 11 people, 6 of which required hospitalization.
In the announcement of the outbreak, the FDA stated that the 11 people affected thus far reported eating blackberries from Fresh Thymes Farmers Market stores in 3 different states: Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Using traceback investigation it was discovered that the berries came from a distribution center that ships fresh berries to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in 11 states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA, and WI. The FDA and CDC have announced that they will continue to work along with local and state partners to further continue their investigation on the Hepatitis outbreak as not much is known at the current time.
The FDA is urging consumers to avoid eating any fresh conventional blackberries that were purchased between September 9 and September 30, 2019, from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in any of the 11 states which receive shipments from their distribution center. Consumers are advised to throw away any Fresh Thyme Farmers Market blackberries they might have frozen in their freezers. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stated that they are working with the health agencies to identify their suppliers and isolate the source of the contamination.
Ron Simon, a national Hepatitis A Lawyer, advises consumers who might have eaten the contaminated blackberry products and are not vaccinated to contact a health provider a soon as they are able to. A person usually becomes sick 15 to 50 days post-exposure of food or beverage containing the HAV virus. Along with infection comes inflammation of the liver, which is vital for removing harmful chemicals from the body, storing energy, fighting infection, and storing vitamins and nutrients. Berries have been previously linked to Hepatitis A, as it was seen in the Costco and Kroger recall on June 7, 2019, when contaminated berries were sold to consumers.
For more information on the Hepatitis A outbreak, to speak to a Hepatitis A Lawyer working on the Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Blackberries, or to inquire about a Hepatitis A lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.