How to Strawberry Transmission of Hepatitis A

Strawberry Fruit

Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe from frozen strawberries originating from Egypt, need attention. Macomb County Health Department officials warn consumers about the potential Hepatitis A outbreak from frozen strawberries.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a virus can enters the strawberry fruit is caused by soft texture. So, for example when a fruit picker infected with hepatitis A and do not wash their hands, then the virus can get into the strawberries.

"The problem is, if once strawberry contaminated, the virus may not be lost even been washed repeatedly," said a food safety specialist at North Carolina State University, Prof. Benjamin Chapman.

The other reason, says Chapman, berry has many of nooks and crannies in the surface - so allowing the virus can hide.

In the frozen strawberries, this will further maintain the virus. "Because people may not heat the strawberry before eating. For that, they will use it to make a smoothie.

Chapman admits he will heat all the frozen fruit in the microwave before eating or re-freeze them, although he was the method above 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees C) redundant. "What can we do, there is not enough data showing that only rinsing the fruit will simply remove the virus, he said.

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