FDA Warns Strawberries Could be Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Image copyright: FreshKampo [via Daily Mail]

The Facts

  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that some strawberries sold in major US grocery stores may contain traces of Hepatitis A.

  • Infections have been linked to organic strawberries packaged by California berry distributor FeshKampo and Texas-based grocery store H-E-B, purchased between Mar. 5 and Apr. 25.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

This is yet another example of the FDA's reactive instead of preventative policy. Recalls occur when it's too late and Americans pay the price. It's long overdue that the FDA's existing food safety measures are revised.

Pro-establishment narrative

Recalls are first-and-foremost a public health issue, but it's also important to understand the economic costs they have on companies. We must seek solutions that improve both public health and economic conditions pertaining to food safety.

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