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 it is not effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An ongoing outbreak traced to the strawberries has sickened 134 people in nine states.

FDA just cant say illustration gagIt has been nearly impossible for potential victims to receive the post-exposure vaccine because a comprehensive list of
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If only our legislative and regulatory environment could evolve as quickly.

Take the ongoing multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A and the related recall of frozen 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.

Field workers harvest strawberries in Egypt. Strawberry exports are heavily promoted on the Egyptian government's website.
Field workers harvest strawberries in Egypt. Strawberry exports are heavily promoted on the Egyptian government’s website.

The recalled frozen strawberries were served as recently as Oct. 27, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which means people who ate them on that date in restaurants, school cafeterias, hotels, hospitals and other foodservice settings one have until
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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 outbreak that has already sickened at least 134 people.

Egypt map on strawberry backgroundAlthough the frozen, imported strawberries were identified as the source of the outbreak in early August, the Egyptian company did not issue a recall until this past week, several days after the Food and Drug Administration
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