Frozen Berries Recalled Over Hepatitis A Virus Contamination: FDA

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The FDA informed Kroger of the contamination after a sample of the Private Selection was tested and was found to be contaminated.

The recalled products are the Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley in the 48-ounce size, the Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley in the 16-ounce size and the Private Selection Frozen Blackberries in the 16-ounce size.

The berry medley products have a best by date of July 7 and June 19, 2020. This contamination was discovered by the FDA as a part of an ongoing frozen berry sampling assignment.

No customer illnesses have been reported, according to a news release. "The FDA is continuing to investigate to determine whether there are other implicated products", the FDA said.

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Hepatitis A is "a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus".

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can range from a mild illness lasting for a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months.

However, Kroger's recall notice on the FDA website says all of the company's grocery chains received the recalled frozen berries.

The items that were recalled include: the frozen triple berry medley (48oz), triple berry medley (16oz) and the frozen blackberries (16oz). Customers who have purchased these items should return them to the store for a full refund or replacement. Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food.

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