Kroger & Costco Recall Frozen Berries due to Hepatitis A Contamination

If you have bought frozen berries, make sure you check the brand and best-by dates! This is because the FDA ordered a recall in a selection of frozen berries from Costco and Kroger. The public health alert which the FDA released is warning customers that some berry products made by Townsend Farms Inc. were found to be contaminated with hepatitis A. This was discovered during a frozen berry sampling assignment.

The products found in Kroger include the Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (48 ounce) expiring July 7, 2020, Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (16 oz.) expiring June 19, 2020, and Private Selection Frozen Blackberries (16 oz) that expire between June 19 and July 2, 2020.

The recalled products from Costco are their 4-pound Kirkland Signature bags from the Three Berry Blend brand. Their best-by dates are February 16, 2020 and May 4, 2020.

The ones from Kroger were distributed to all other Kroger markets and affiliate stores throughout the county, including Fred Meyer, Fry’s, and Ralphs. Regarding the Costco ones, they were sold throughout Costco stores in LA, Hawaii, San Diego, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

A Message to Consumers

Knowing this, the FDA advises consumers to check their freezers for any of these products. You can easily check this by the best-by dates. Also, there is a recall alert page on the administration’s website for impacted UPC codes.

In case you find some of these berries, dispose of them right away. Do not consume the berries inside.

What Is Hepatitis A?

The symptoms of this liver disease are the following:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Belly ache
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Pale stool

In case you suspect an infection within the past two weeks or so, the FDA advises consulting your doctor. Until now, there have been no cases reported regarding these berries.

Sources:

PEOPLE

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