Notable business headlines include the FDA investing a possible Hepatitis A outbreak linked to strawberries, Deutsche Bank offices being raided by German police, and K-Pop group BTS meeting with President Biden.
BRAD SMITH: Welcome back, everyone. Two brands of organic strawberries sold at popular grocery chains may be linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A. The FDA issued a statement Saturday, saying that it is investigating a multistate outbreak of the liver disease that they believe to be linked to fruit carried under brands FreshKampo and HEB.
The fruit in question is beyond expiration, but the agency urged anyone who bought those brands of berries between March 5 and April 25 to throw them out immediately. The products were sold at chains such as Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Walmart. The FDA is investigating in conjunction with the CDC, which says that 17 people have been sickened so far, with 12 of them being hospitalized.
And Deutsche Bank AG's offices in Frankfurt, Germany have been raided by police this morning. Law enforcement officials entered the headquarters of Germany's largest lender and the nearby offices of asset management company, DWS Group, for allegations of greenwashing.
Now the term refers to the questionable application of the ESG label, standing for Environmental, Social, and Governance, to investment funds. DWS has faced regulatory probes in Germany and in the US after its former chief sustainability officer went public with those allegations last year. DWS denies those claims, and shares of both companies have fallen off in response to the news this morning.
And South Korean pop sensation BTS is headed to the White House today. It will be the first time the wildly popular boy band is meeting the president, with whom they will be discussing Asian hate crimes and what steps can be taken to prevent them. The seven members, V, Jungkook, RM, Suga, Ji-min, J-Hope, and Jin will also be celebrating Asian-American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The band says that it wants to spread a message of positivity and plans to discuss how they can work together with the Biden administration on diversity and inclusion. Research from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism released at the beginning of the year shows anti-Asian hate crime rose by nearly 400% in 2021. We certainly do hope those talks are productive at the White House, Sozzi.