Kroger has announced a recall of Private Selection brand frozen berries; the fruit may be contaminated with Hepatitis A. Laboratory tests conducted as part of an ongoing special project revealed the contamination, although no illness have yet been traced to the recall. The recalled products contain blackberries, the only fruit linked to the recall at this time. The recall notice says the implicated berries were prepared by Townsend Farms. In 2013, frozen fruit from Townsend Farms was linked to a 10–state Hepatitis A outbreak.
The FDA is advising consumers not to eat and to throw away certain frozen blackberry products purchased from Kroger and other retail locations packaged under Kroger’s ‘Private Selection’ brand. The blackberries subject to the recall are labeled as follows:
- Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley, 48 oz (Best by: 07-07-20; UPC: 000111109120)
- 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)
Stores distributing the product include Kroger, Pick ‘n Save, Copps, and Metro Market, as well as other stores carrying the Private Selection brand.
Hepatitis A is a food or waterborne virus; consuming contaminated food or drink can result in a liver infection. Hepatitis A infection is usually prevented by a vaccine; and the vaccine is routinely given to children. The disease is transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or through consumption of contaminated food or water. Most adults with Hepatitis A have symptoms including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice that can last for up to 2 months. Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period; infected people may not show signs of the illness until 15 to 50 days after exposure. Check your freezer, and stay food safe!