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The Kroger Co., the parent company of Harris Teeter, announced Friday it is recalling several packages of frozen berries sold in Harris Teeter and Kroger stores.
Some packages of Private Selection brand frozen berries processed and packaged by Townsend Farms are being recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination.
The recalled products include:
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 Kroger Co. says, so far, no customer illnesses have been reported from these products. The company was recently informed by the FDA that a sample of the Private Selection frozen berries tested by the FDA was found to be contaminated with Hepatitis A.
The Kroger Co. says it has removed the recalled items from store shelves and is notifying customers who may have purchased recalled products.
Customers who have purchased the recalled products should not eat them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.
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. Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food. In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre-existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure. Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately.