Another day, another food recall.
This time, the Kroger Co. is recalling three frozen berry products from their Kroger Select line over potential hepatitis A contamination. Yikes.
The FDA had recently notified the nationwide grocer that certain frozen berries were tested and found to be contaminated with hepatitis A. Fortunately, no customer illnesses have been reported yet.
The three products are the Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (48 oz.), Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (16 oz.) and Private Selection Frozen Blackberries (16 oz.), all manufactured by Townsend Farms.
Here are more details to help you identify if you have one of the contaminated bags:
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)
Kroger has removed all possibly compromised products from the stores and customers who have already purchased some will be able to get a full refund.
According to the FDA, “Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus, including from food. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.”
If you think you may have consumed some of the affected berries, notify your healthcare provider right away and consult with them to see if a vaccine would be appropriate. There is a hepatitis A vaccination that can be given within two weeks of exposure that can prevent the illness.
Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to midnight EDT, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT.