Federal officials reported an ongoing investigation into a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen Egyptian strawberries served in smoothies. There 134 people were reportedly ill. 70% of the individuals reportedly ill have required hospitalization. Almost all individuals interviewed reported drinking smoothies containing strawberries.
Food and Drug Administration investigators have been using the working theory that the Hepatitis A came from frozen strawberries from Egypt. However, Egypt’s ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that frozen strawberries originating from the country are, based on sampling, Hepatitis-free. The FDA is working to identify other parts of the supply chain and it will take appropriate action.