Pies and berries are a staple of the Holiday season, but one particular berry has been linked to a dangerous hepatitis outbreak.
Health officials are warning that there have been 16 cases of hepatitis A in six states — Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin — in an outbreak that may be linked to fresh non-organic blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery stores, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in their latest update on the outbreak that began last month.
The last person to become sick with the contagious virus that can cause liver disease was in late November.
Investigators have determined that the berries came from a distribution center that ships fresh berries to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in 11 states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA, and WI.
Consumers are advised not to eat any fresh non-organic blackberries bought between Sept.9, 2019 and November 15, from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in those 11 states, the FDA said. That includes berries that were frozen for later use.
People who may have bought fresh non-organic blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the 11 states between the dates indicated, and who ate those berries within the last few weeks, and have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus (HAV), should talk with their healthcare provider to determine whether they require treatment, the FDA said.
Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating these blackberries, or if you believe that you have eaten these berries in the last two weeks, the FDA advised.