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Sun-dried tomatoes possible cause of hepatitis A outbreak

March 5, 2012

LONDON — An outbreak of hepatitis A in the UK may be linked to sun-dried tomatoes that were contaminated during processing, BBC News reported.

According to the UK Health Protection Agency and the Food Standards Agency, sun-dried tomatoes have been identified as a potential source of the outbreak, which hospitalized four people and caused illness in another three people in late 2011.

"Sun-dried tomatoes are being investigated as one possible source of the hepatitis A cases reported last year,” a spokeswoman for the Food Standards Agency said. "However, no food source has been conclusively identified so far and no other relevant cases have been reported in the UK since November 2011. The investigation by FSA and HPA is ongoing."