Health officials: Recalled strawberries served at W. MI restaurants

Frozen strawberries
A file image shows frozen strawberries, which were subject to an Oct. 25, 2016 nationwide recall. (Today/Shutterstock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Health officials have identified nearly two dozen West Michigan restaurants that may have served strawberries now linked to a Hepatitis A outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 134 cases of Hepatitis A linked to the frozen strawberries from Egypt, which were sold by International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing. Most of the cases have been linked to Tropical Smoothie Cafés in several states.

The majority of complaints center in Virginia, where there are 107 confirmed cases. However, a total of nine states have reported illnesses connected to the strawberries. So far, no confirmed cases have been reported in Michigan.

Health officials in several West Michigan counties say the following establishments may have served the strawberries included in the recall:

KENT COUNTY

  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill | 5525 28th Street, Cascade Township
  • HCR ManorCare Grand Rapids | 2320 E. Beltline SE, Grand Rapids

OTTAWA COUNTY

  • 8th Street Grille | 20 W. 8th Street, Holland
  • Biggby Coffee #323 | 7589 Cottonwood Dr. Suite E, Jenison
  • Biggby Coffee #425 | 510 W Savidge Street, Spring Lake
  • Holiday Inn Grand Haven | 940 W Savidge Street, Spring Lake
  • Jackie’s Place | 451 W. 17th Street, Holland

IONIA COUNTY

  • Bluewater Cafe | 323 W Main St, Ionia

KALAMAZOO COUNTY

  • Marjos of Schoolcraft | 325 Grand Street, Schoolcraft

ALLEGAN COUNTY

  • Salvino’s | 1290 M-89, Plainwell
  • Salvino’s | 700 W. Superior Street, Wayland

The Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development is working on updating its list of establishments that recieved the recalled productwhich includes establishments in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kalamazoo,  Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. 

The International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing recalled the strawberries on Oct. 25, after four of its samples tested positive for the virus. The recall involves all of the company’s imported strawberries since Jan. 1, which were sold to food service establishments nationwide and served as recently as Oct. 27.

Tropical Smoothie Café reported it had removed the recalled strawberries from its restaurants in several states and switched to another supplier nearly three months earlier, on Aug. 8. The CDC doesn’t believe there is any further risk of infection involving the restaurant chain.

The CDC says the last confirmed case of Hepatitis A linked to the outbreak was reported on Oct. 1.

The symptoms of Hepatitis A include yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain and pale stools, which appear between 15 days and 50 days after infection. The CDC says 52 people sickened in the outbreak have been hospitalized, but no one has died.

Biggby Coffee released the following statement Friday evening:

“On September 9th, a nationwide product hold was announced for Egyptian strawberries. Sysco Distribution, in an effort to go above and beyond to protect BIGGBY® stores and customers, voluntarily chose to treat this as a recall. As such, the BIGGBY® COFFEE Home Office instructed all of their stores to dispose of any strawberry product from Egypt. Stores were provided replacement product from the USA or Mexico.

An official nationwide recall was enacted for Egyptian strawberries on October 28th, 2016. At this point, BIGGBY® stores hadn’t received any strawberries from Egypt for over 6 weeks, thanks to Sysco’s earlier proactive response. BIGGBY® has been, and will continue to be, 100% cooperative with any and all government agencies on this matter as they have the best interest of their customer’s in mind.”

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Online:

CDC on Hepatitis A outbreak linked to strawberries

FDA on Hepatitis A outbreak response

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development on recall