Hepatitis A illnesses linked to blackberries increase

Hepatitis A illnesses linked to blackberries increase

The Food and Drug Administration has reported three more cases of hepatitis A “potentially linked” to fresh blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores.

A Nov. 26 update from the agency increased the number of hepatitis A cases from 11 to 14.

The cases, in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, appear to be connected to consumption of conventionally-grown blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the five states where the patients live, according to the FDA.

The FDA also reported that traceback investigations show the berries came from a distribution center that ships berries to Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to the FDA.

The FDA is urging consumers not to eat any fresh conventional blackberries purchased between Sept. 9-30, from Fresh Thyme, according to the release.

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UPDATED: Hepatitis A outbreak linked to fresh blackberries