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A Whole Foods Store Has Been Linked to a Hepatitis A Scare

October 21, 2016, 3:43 PM UTC
Inside The New Downtown LA Whole Foods Market Inc. Store
Made-in-store prepared food items are displayed for sale at the new Whole Foods Market Inc. store in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Located beneath the recently opened Eighth & Grand residences, the 41,000-square-foot store features a juice bar, fresh poke, expanded vegan options in all departments, a coffee bar (with cold brew on tap), more than 1,000 hand-picked wines, home delivery via Instacart and bar-restaurant The Eight Bar. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photo by Patrick T. Fallon—Bloomberg via Getty Images

The prepared foods section of a Whole Foods (WFM) location in Detroit could be connected to a Hepatitis A scare.

The Detroit health department announced on Friday that two cases of the contagious liver disease have been linked to the health food store. The Detroit Free Press reports that an employee who worked in the prepared foods section and a customer who ate something from there have both been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. The health department is still uncertain how these people contracted the disease, and investigations are ongoing.

Whole Foods told the Detroit Free Press that after it had discovered an employees was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, “out of an abundance of caution, we immediately contacted the Detroit health department and began reviewing food logs and safety procedures.”

“While it remains unclear exactly how either of these individuals contracted Hepatitis A, and we know that Whole Foods Market Detroit has a comprehensive food safety protocol, we want to do our best to protect our residents and those of surrounding communities who may have been exposed,” Abdul El-Sayed, executive director of the Detroit health department, told the Detroit Free Press.


The health department has advised that any employees who handled any of the prepared foods between Oct. 6 and Oct. 12 consult a doctor for preventative treatment.

Whole Foods could not immediately be reached for comment.