FDA investigates hepatitis A epidemic related to organic strawberries

FDA and CDC are investigating a possible hepatitis A epidemic connected to organic strawberries marketed in the U.S. and Canada.

FDA advises against eating FreshKampo and HEB strawberries bought between March 5 and April 25.

The past-shelf-life strawberries were sold at Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Weis Market and WinCo Foods.

Consumers in California, Minnesota, and Canada became sick after eating strawberries. FDA reports 17 illnesses and 12 hospitalizations countrywide.

FDA says hepatitis A may cause liver damage. Jaundice, black urine, and pale stools are symptoms.

Infections usually heal in one to two weeks, although they may become persistent.