UK health experts believe sun-dried tomatoes could be the cause of a recent outbreak of hepatitis A. Four of the patients in this latest outbreak in England said they had consumed sun-dried tomatoes. Hepatitis A virus is carried by human faeces and can be passed on through contact with food or water. Severe cases can lead to liver failure.
According to a spokeswoman for the Food Standards Agency Sun-dried tomatoes are being investigated as one promising source of the hepatitis A cases reported last year. However, no food source has been decisively recognized so far and no other pertinent cases have been reported in the UK as November 2011. The study by FSA and HPA is continuing.