Kalamazoo Co. restaurant received strawberries at heart of hepatitis A recall

Posted at 12:53 PM, Nov 04, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has been notified by the state that frozen strawberries that may have been contaminated with hepatitis A were served in the county.

The strawberries have been recalled nationally and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Agriculture have been working with counties to identify where they were served and that they had been removed.  No cases of hepatitis A due to the consumption of the strawberries have been reported in Kalamazoo or Calhoun counties.

However, Kalamazoo County reports that Mar-Jo’s West at 325 Grand Street in Schoolcraft, Michigan has received the frozen strawberries in past 14 days.  Representatives from the restaurant tell FOX 17 that the strawberries were not served to customers.  If you dined at the restaurant in the last two weeks and ate the strawberries, you should check with your doctor to make sure you have your updated hepatitis A vaccine or call the Kalamazoo County Disease Surveillance at 269-373-5267.

The strawberries were recalled on October 30 by the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing as the FDA was investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A. The frozen strawberries were sold at retail outlets, but only to food service companies.

Berrien County and Calhoun County have also issued alerts, but none of the frozen strawberries seem to have been delivered to those counties.