Hepatitis A Outbreak from Tropical Smoothies

1The CDC Confirms 143 Victims from 9 States – the majority recalled consuming a Tropical Smoothie

The tainted strawberries implicated in the Tropical Smoothie Hepatitis A outbreak were imported by “The International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing” (ICAPP), and included both whole and partial strawberries. The FDA then consulted with the Egyptian International Health Regulations National Focal Point, and placed all ICAPP strawberries on an Import Alert (No. 99-35).

At least five samples of ICAPP’s frozen strawberries have tested positive for hepatitis A, this according to the FDA. ICAPP initiated a recall of all frozen strawberries and frozen strawberry products it has imported since January 1, 2016 in response.

ICAPP’s recalled frozen strawberries have been widely distributed, including to Tropical Smoothie Café locations. The ICAPP strawberries were received by C.H. Belt of Lake Forest, Ca.

Far, the illnesses seem to be linked only to whole frozen strawberries.

The CDC has issued a rare post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for those who have been exposed who have not been vaccinated. The PEP is directed at any person who consumed any of the recalled frozen strawberries in the later part of October or in November of 2016.