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Federal law gags FDA on recall as vaccination window closes

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County and state health departments continue to dribble out details on restaurants, schools and other foodservice operations that received and served frozen strawberries from Egypt that are under recall for Hepatitis A contamination as time runs out for potential victims to receive post-exposure vaccinations. The post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) must be administered within two weeks or… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Live long and prosper, if you’re one of the few

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So many things about the computer age are so disappointing, so frustrating, so last century. Don’t get me wrong. The information superhighway is a groovy trip and I’m happy to be along for the ride via this incredible bit of technology sitting on my lap. It’s so much more convenient than the key punch cards… Continue Reading

FDA, shippers fail to reveal who received recalled strawberries

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State and local health departments across the country are apparently being left to their own devices to alert the public to potential Hepatitis A exposure from strawberries from Egypt as the window of opportunity for post-exposure vaccination slips closed. The recalled frozen strawberries were served as recently as Oct. 27, according to the Food and… Continue Reading

Strawberries linked to outbreak went to schools, restaurants

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Health officials are urging foodservice operators — including schools and restaurants across the country — to check their freezers for recalled strawberries from Egypt that may be contaminated with Hepatitis A. The strawberries, produced and exported from Egypt by the International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing (ICAPP), are implicated in a nine-state Hepatitis A… Continue Reading

Public’s view of berry recall blocked by corporate consideration

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A vague link in the supply chain is blurring the public’s view of a recall of frozen strawberries from Egypt that are blamed for infecting at least 134 people across nine states in an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. The Egyptian company that produced, processed and exported the fruit is recalling all of the frozen strawberries… Continue Reading

Egyptian firm recalls some frozen strawberries for Hepatitis A

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The International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan City, Egypt, is voluntarily recalling frozen strawberries in response to the ongoing investigation into a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration’s recall announcement, dated Sunday, stated that the company’s action was taken in consultation with FDA because… Continue Reading

FDA bans frozen strawberries from Egyptian firm, cites Hep A

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Federal officials have red listed frozen strawberries from an Egyptian grower-shipper because of contamination with Hepatitis A, but they won’t say if the import ban is related to the ongoing outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Café locations. The Food and Drug Administration issued an Import Alert for frozen strawberries from the International Company for Agricultural… Continue Reading

Outbreak tied to strawberries slowing; victims sue Sysco Corp.

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New cases of Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberry smoothies have slowed so much that the state hardest hit, Virginia, is no longer providing daily updates. In a weekly update, posted Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 107 people who have tested positive for Hepatitis A reported drinking  smoothies Tropical Smoothie Café prior to… Continue Reading

Berries tied to outbreak likely only went to Tropical Smoothie

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Frozen strawberries from Egypt implicated in a Hepatitis A outbreak and used by Tropical Smoothie Café were not distributed to other restaurants or retailers as far as federal officials know, but more people are expected to get sick. Virginia, the hardest hit of the eight states with victims, reported Monday that 104 Virginians are confirmed… Continue Reading

CDC reports 119 people from 8 states have Hepatitis A linked to smoothies

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated this outbreak on Friday afternoon to a total of 119 cases of Hepatitis A from eight states. Forty-seven of these individuals have been hospitalized, but no related deaths are being reported. As of Sept. 14, CDC gives the state-by-state breakdown of the 119 total cases… Continue Reading