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June 7, 2019: Kroger Frozen Blackberry Recall Announced For Hepatitis A Virus Contamination

Kroger Frozen Blackberry Recall Announcement

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public to hepatitis A virus (HAV) contamination of Kroger grocery store “Private Selection” brand frozen blackberries. The FDA discovered frozen blackberry contamination as a part of their ongoing frozen berry sampling assignment. Consumers are advised by the FDA not to eat the contaminated blackberries and to throw away certain frozen blackberry products purchased from Kroger and other stores sold under Kroger’s “Private Selection” label.

Kroger Frozen Blackberry Recall Product Information

Kroger Blackberry Recall

The following products are subject to the Kroger Frozen Blackberry Recall:

• 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 blackberry products are available at Kroger and other retail stores. The blackberries have a two-year shelf life, so consumers should check their freezers for the recalled products. The FDA indicated in its Public Health Alert that new information, including the identification of additional contaminated products, will be posted to its website as it becomes available.

About Hepatitis A

According to the FDA, “Hepatitis A virus (HAV) can result in a liver infection that may be unapparent. However, when symptoms occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. HAV is found in the stool and blood of people who are infected. HAV is spread when someone ingests the virus, usually through person-to-person contact or from eating contaminated food or drink. Contamination of food with the hepatitis A virus can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even after cooking.

Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period and can have serious health consequences for some people, especially those who are immune-compromised. People infected with HAV may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure, which often makes it difficult to determine the exact exposure that led to illness. Symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes (known as jaundice), dark urine, and pale stool. Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection.”

FDA Advice for Consumers

The FDA also recommends that “consumers who consumed the frozen berries listed above and have not been vaccinated for HAV consult with their healthcare professional to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated. PEP may be recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to HAV in the last two weeks; those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection do not require PEP.

Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating frozen blackberries, or if you believe that you have eaten any of the frozen blackberry products noted above within the last two weeks.”

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