Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner.
As I have blogged about since August, the investigative developments regarding
the Egyptian strawberries determined to be the source of 134 cases of
Hepatitis A by customers of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe chain in Virginia
has involved state and local health departments, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to the FDA traceback information, the frozen strawberries served
by Tropical Smoothie were imported from Egypt.
On October 30, the International Company for Agricultural Production &
Processing (ICAPP) recalled all frozen strawberries imported from Egypt
since January 1, 2016. By November 3, the FDA published a listing of five
distributors for the strawberries. Since then, only two states (Michigan
and California) have notified consumers of the local distributors of those
strawberries. Among the distributors in those two states were public schools,
hotels, and service clubs.
Because of so little notification by state health officials, "The
FDA recommends that institutions and food service operations supplied
by any of the five companies identified below immediately reach out to
their suppliers and determine if they received frozen strawberry product
recalled by ICAPP.
- C.H. Belt of Lake Forest, CA, which sold the strawberries under the CH
- Jetro/Restaurant Depot of College Point, NY, which sold them under James
Farm brand and unbranded as “Bits & Pieces;”
- Sysco Corp. of Houston, TX, which sold them under the Sysco brand;
- Patagonia Foods of San Luis Obispo, CA, which sold them under the Patagonia
- Reddy Raw of Woodridge, NJ, which sold them under the Regal brand.
“Then, if needed, institutions and food service operations that find
they served any recalled product within the last two weeks should contact
their local health department and communicate to their customers regarding
possible exposure to hepatitis A virus and the potential benefit of post-exposure
prophylaxis. … CDC advises post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for
unvaccinated persons who have consumed any of the recalled frozen strawberry
products in the last two weeks. PEP offers no preventive benefit to persons
whose exposure occurred more than 2 weeks ago.”
Mayo Clinic website includes a comprehensive discussion of Hepatitis A prevention, symptoms,
causes, risk factors, treatments and possible complications.
I have been blogging about the Hepatitis A outbreak from the Tropical Smoothie
Cafe since its initial discovery in August. Regan Zambri Long, PLLC has
filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of injured people related to this outbreak. Please
contact me if you have questions about this litigation.
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Mr. Zambri is the author of a widely renowned book on product liability
litigation. An experienced speaker, he often shares his knowledge regarding
personal injury litigation at seminars. In recognition of his many successes,
Mr. Zambri has been consistently included in the
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Mr. Zambri has been successful in litigating food poisoning cases. He is
knowledgeable and experienced in handling the unique complexities involved
in food poisoning litigation.