1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
October 31, 2016
Public Relations Officer
Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Public Health Services received information about a voluntary product recall issued by the International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing (ICAPP) for certain lots of frozen strawberries due to potential Hepatitis A contamination.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus, commonly from food. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, joint pain, dark urine and pale stool. Consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Hepatitis A can be prevented by vaccination. Check your vaccination record to determine if you have received two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccination. If you have not received two doses of the vaccination, please see your healthcare provider as soon as possible, as vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to contaminated food. In rare cases, particularly in consumers who have a pre-existing severe illness or are immunocompromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure. Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their healthcare provider or Kern County Public Health Services to determine if a vaccination is appropriate.
There have been no reports of Hepatitis A due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about illness should contact their healthcare provider.
The following Kern County vendors have been impacted by this voluntary recall:
Greenfield Union School District – Served in a breakfast smoothie on August 18, 2016, September 22, 2016, and October 25-27, 2016
Brookdale Riverwalk Skilled Nursing Facility – Served in infused water
Glenwood Migrant Head Start and Las Mariposas in Delano – Served yogurt smoothies on October 17, 2016
Kern County Public Health will continue to monitor this voluntary recall and keep our community updated on any new information.
For more information call (661) 321-3000 or visit www.kernpublichealth.com or www.fda.gov.