Strawberries that may be tainted with the hepatitis A virus were sent to 17 states, and as many as 9,000 youngsters and adults in Los Angeles may have been exposed to the virus.
In Michigan, where the only illnesses have appeared so far, nearly 200 suspected cases of hepatitis A have been linked to the strawberries.
Four-ounce fruit cups served last week in 18 Los Angeles public schools may have been contaminated with the hepatitis virus, school officials said Tuesday. There have been no reports of illness in Los Angeles.
Tom Amontree, communications director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, said possibly tainted strawberries were sent to 17 states. He said the states were asked to “put a hold” on the berries. He could not provide a list of the states.
California officials said the strawberries were also sent to schools in Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee.
The strawberries were grown in Mexico, then frozen and processed by Andrew and Williamson Sales of San Diego last spring.
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