FDA Alerts – Scenic Fruit Company recalls Frozen Organic Strawberries and fruit blend under multiple brands due to Hepatitis A scare

Gresham, Oregon-based Scenic Fruit Company has recalled its frozen organic strawberries and frozen organic tropical blend from the shelves of its retail partners in response to a recent outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses.

Announced by the company on March 16, 2023, the recall impacts frozen organic strawberries sold under various brands to Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood, and PCC Community Markets, as well as frozen organic tropical blend sold to Trader Joe’s under the store brand.

Brand Name Product Name Net Wt. UPC Best By Dates
Best If Use Dates
Best Before Date
Distributed in States
Simply Nature Organic Strawberries 24 oz. 4099100256222 6/14/2024 Arizona,
Illinois, Iowa,
Missouri, North
Dakota, South
Dakota, Ohio,
Vital Choice Organic Strawberries 16 oz. 834297005024 5/20/2024 Washington
Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberries 4 lbs. 96619140404 10/8/2024 Alaska, Idaho, Montana,
Oregon, Utah, Washington.
Made With Organic Strawberries 10 oz. 814343021390 11/20/2024 Illinois, Maryland
PCC Community
Organic Strawberries 32 oz. 22827109469 10/29/2024 Washington
Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit
Blend Pineapple,
Bananas, Strawberries &
16 oz 00511919 04/25/24

The action was announced at the same time California Splendor, Inc. recalled its own four-pound bags of frozen strawberries, also under the Kirkland Signature brand sold at Costco stores.

A contagious disease of the liver caused by exposure to Hepatitis A virus, which can be present in food, Hepatitis A can occur as a mild illness over a few weeks, or as a major illness over multiple months. Officials say Hepatitis A in immune-compromised individuals, or those with a pre-existing serious illness, could lead to liver failure, in certain cases.

An onset of symptoms may occur anytime between 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus. Those suffering from the illness typically experience “fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice,” and could produce “abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.” In some cases, illness could be prevented if an individual receives a Hepatitis vaccination within the first two weeks of exposure to the contaminated food. Consumers are advised to consult with their healthcare provider or city health department to determine the appropriate course of action. Those displaying symptoms of the illness should seek medical attention right away.

Though there has been no detection of Hepatitis A in either the frozen organic strawberries or the frozen organic tropical blend to date, Scenic Fruit Company asks that customers cease eating them and bring the products back to the place of purchase for a total refund. Likewise, all retail partners are instructed to remove the affected products from inventory.

At this time, all product and distribution of the products has been suspended as the FDA works with the company to investigate the issue.

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