Recall issued after frozen strawberries linked to Hepatitis A

DSC00887A recall has been issued statewide after frozen strawberries linked to food service establishments were linked to Hepatitis A late last week.

As of November 4, over 800 food establishments have been contacted by local health departments as part of the recall response, to determine which businesses may have been effected by the recall. Approximately 90 licensed food businesses and restaurants may have received and served the recalled product within the last two weeks.

More Information: List of establishments selling impacted strawberries:http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/Hep_A_List_of_Known_and_Possible_Locations_11042016_1310_540528_7.pdf

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control are advising post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for unvaccinated persons who have consumed these strawberries in the last two weeks. If given within two weeks of exposure, a single dose of hepatitis A vaccination can protect against illness. Those with evidence of previous vaccination do not require PEP. If you are unsure, contact your physician to find out if you have been vaccinated against hepatitis A.

PEP consists of hepatitis A vaccine for people between the ages of 1 and 40 years; and hepatitis A virus-specific immunoglobulin (IG) for people outside of this age range. Hepatitis A vaccine can be substituted if IG is not available. PEP offers no preventive benefit to persons whose exposure occurred more than two weeks ago.