FDA Updates on the Hepatitis A out Break Linked to Blackberries.

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FDA Updates on the Hepatitis A out Break Linked to Blackberries.

  • Tony Coveny | Dec 5, 2019

FDA Updates on the Hepatitis A out Break Linked to Blackberries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 3, 2019, an update on the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Blackberries sold from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. In their update, the FDA reported that the number of reported cases linked to the outbreak had increased to 16, with the most recent onset date on November 15, 2019. Of the reported cases, nine people have required hospitalization.

The FDA is currently working along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, to investigate the multistate hepatitis A outbreak linked to the blackberry products, which was announced by the FDA on November 20, 2019.  According to the FDA, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin have reported the hepatitis A cases linked to the outbreak, so far. Thanks to epidemiological information collected in the investigation thus far the outbreak has been linked to blackberries sold at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, ill patients reported consuming fresh conventional blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the six states which have reported Hepatitis A case linked to the outbreak.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has stated that there is no evidence that the blackberry products were contaminated via handling in their stores. Traceback information available to date shows that the blackberries 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 is urging consumers to avoid eating any fresh conventional blackberries if purchased between September 9 and September 30, 2019, from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the 11 states, which received shipments from the distribution center.

Hepatitis A symptoms can take from 15 to 50 days to begin after exposure to food or beverages containing the HAV virus. The symptoms normally include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, fever, dark urine, yellowing of the skin, and jaundice. According to Ron Simon, a national Hepatitis A Lawyer, 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. Hepatitis A is temporary and rarely results in chronic liver disease, but if left untreated, acute liver failure could end in death.

For more information on the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market blackberries, to speak to a Hepatitis A Lawyer, or to inquire about a Hepatitis A Lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.

https://www.freshfruitportal.com/news/2019/12/03/u-s-16-people-now-sickened-from-hepatitis-a-linked-to-blackberries/

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-hepatitis-potentially-linked-fresh-conventional-blackberries-fresh-thyme

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/outbreaks/2019/hav-berries/index.htm

 

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