UK health experts believe sun-dried tomatoes could be the cause of a recent outbreak of hepatitis A.The Health Protection Agency and the Food Standards Agency fear contaminated samples were to blame for the infection that hospitalised four people and caused illness in another three people in late 2011.
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. All of the seven people infected have since made a recovery.
One of the strains of hepatitis A identified in two of the patients was identical to a strain that caused a similar outbreak linked with sun-dried tomatoes in the Netherlands in 2010, says a report.
Four of the patients in this latest outbreak in England said they had consumed sun-dried tomatoes.
Source - BBC