Popular Frozen Food Sold Nationwide Recalled Due to Hepatitis Contamination

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June 10, 2019Jun 10, 2019

There's another food recall related to hepatitis contamination. This time it's frozen berries.

Kroger is recalling frozen berries sold at grocery stores nationwide after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found hepatitis A in a sample. This is a serious issue.

The supermarket chain said it is printing messages on register receipt tapes, and it is calling customers to alert those who may be storing the product with a shelf life of two years in their freezers.

The FDA is working with the manufacturer, Townsend Farms, to see if any additional products might be contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A cause liver disease.

Americans who keep frozen fruit for smoothies should check their freezers for the Kroger-branded berries. The virus can cause a liver infection that may not be apparent but can later lead to serious illness.

Kroger is recalling three private-label branded products sold at all of its nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states. The grocery chain operates stores under more than 20 names, including Smith's, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, and Pick 'n Save.

  • PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN TRIPLE BERRY MEDLEY, 48 OZ (BEST BY: 07-07-20; UPC: 0001111079120);
  • PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN TRIPLE BERRY MEDLEY, 16 OZ (BEST BY: 06-19-20; UPC: 0001111087808);
  • PRIVATE SELECTION FROZEN BLACKBERRIES, 16 OZ (BEST BY: 06-19-20, 07-02-20; UPC: 0001111087809)

The recalled products have a two-year shelf life. They are looking to see if other products are contaminated.

Those who've consumed the product and who have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus, or HAV, should consult with a doctor, the FDA said.

HAV is spread when someone ingests the virus, usually through person-to-person contact or from eating contaminated food or drink. Food can be contamination with HAV while being grown, harvested, processed, handled, or even after cooking.

 

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