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Egyptian Strawberries ‘Thought to be the Source’ of Hepatitis Outbreak in USA

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 31, 2016


Three years after the Obama administration allowed Egyptian strawberry producers access to U.S. markets, imported strawberries from Egypt are “thought to be the source” of an outbreak of hepatitis A that has sickened 44 people in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Frozen Egyptian strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Café are thought to be the source of this outbreak,” VDH reported. The 44 people infected with the hepatitis A virus “reported consuming a smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Café prior to becoming ill.”

On August 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified VDH that genetic testing of multiple ill persons showed the illnesses were caused by a strain of hepatitis A that had been associated with past outbreaks due to frozen strawberries from Egypt,” according to an August 26 VDH press release.

spokeswoman told “Other restaurants, and firms that supply restaurants, may also have received the frozen strawberries imported from Egypt.

“VDH continues to investigate cases and work with state and federal partners, including the Virginia Department of Agruculture and Consumer Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the CDC to identify additional locations where the product may have been distributed.”

Hepatitis A causes inflammation of the liver. Symptoms include jaundice, pain, fever and nausea. VDH noted that 50 percent of those infected by the virus, who range in age from 15 to 68, had to be hospitalized.

A statement issued by Tropical Smoothie Café on August 19th stated that “our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt.

Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market. Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California,” the statement continued.

However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every café in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with health authorities.”

Egypt, which is the world’s fourth largest strawberry producer, exports 40 million tons of fresh and frozen strawberries to 30 countries, including the U.S.


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US: Wrong To Favor Egypt in Water Rift

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 14, 2013

EthioLionOfJudahVery seldom when Western writers come up with something in defense of Ethiopia To be honest, it’s probably the first time that I read a Westerner giving an unbiased assessment on the Nile issue. Though, I overwhelmingly share the authors honest thoughts, I slightly disagree with the statement,“Egypt brought peace with Israel.” Actually, the two countries had a temporary peace treaty, only temporary, nothing else! In fact, Egypt brought the Muslim brotherhood/Al Queda and the 9/11 terrorists. The only thing Egypt and the United states share is their national emblem: the Eagle. In the past, “Christian” Americans supported Muslim Egypt to invade Christian Ethiopia (1800s). 200 years later, we notice, that, never before in American history have Christians experienced being hated for following Jesus Christ as they are today. The question is, will America fly again with the bird of prey, the Eagle, or will it recognize the visible signs of Jesus Christ? Will it now listen to the powerful voice of The Lord, the Lion of Judah? (In this German satellite image, we could clearly identify the face of a lion over the mountains of Ethiopia.)

Your people give themselves gladly in the day of your power; like the dew of the morning on the holy mountains is the army of your young men.” [Psalms 110:3]

The writer share with us the following interesting outlooks:

  • America will be tempted to intervene – on the wrong side.
  • For many years, all the Nile’s water has been divided between Sudan and Egypt; any other country that dared to touch the Nile was met with stern threats from Egypt and its protectors: first England, then America.
  • Ethiopia brought us nothing, Egypt, under Mubarak, brought peace with Israel. So we did Egypt’s bidding with the World Bank. ()
  • Morsi is gone. Secretary of State John Kerry has embraced the new military government. The danger is that the U.S., in its effort to prop up the Egyptian military successors to Morsi, will try to give them a victory over the dam issue.
  • There are many ways for America to signal its support of the new regime in Egypt. Shutting down Ethiopia’s dam, or looking the other way while Egypt does so, is not one of them

When has the U.S. managed to play the internal politics of another country with any success? It is so much more likely that, if we go down this route, we will alienate our ally in the fight against extremism in Somalia, and do nothing to appease the widely held belief in Egypt, voiced at that televised meeting, that somehow all wrongs are due to America. We’ll choose the wrong side – once again.

Why do we need to take sides at all? We can’t stop Ethiopia by cutting off its financing: Ethiopia has come up with the funding for this project from the sale of bonds, and loans from China. The dam, once finished, will produce tremendous amounts of electricity that can be sold to neighboring countries to retire the bonds



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