Kroger recalls frozen berries due to hepatitis A concern

Andrew Cummings
June 9, 2019

At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A linked to the consumption of Kroger Private Selection brand frozen blackberries.

You should throw the products away.

The Kroger Co. said the Private Selection frozen berries, manufactured by Townsend Farms, are sold at Kroger grocery stores and affiliates, including, but not limited to, Ralphs, Dillons, Smith's, King Soopers and Fry's.

Kroger has made sure to point out that no customer illnesses have been reported to date. "The FDA is continuing to investigate to determine whether there are other implicated products", the alert stated.

File image of frozen raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. "The virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver's ability to function", according to the Mayo Clinic. The virus can produce fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (the yellowing of the skin and eyes). The contamination was discovered during a frozen berry sampling by the Food and Drug Administration. According to the release, illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure. HAV is found in the stool and blood of people who are infected.

Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Kroger removed the potentially affected items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system.

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