Kroger recalls berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination

Darnell Taylor
June 10, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of Kroger brand frozen blackberries on Friday, June 7 for possible Hepatitis A virus contamination. This contamination was discovered by the FDA as a part of an ongoing frozen berry sampling assignment.

Kroger has pulled frozen berries under the "Private Selection" brand from its store shelves. "The FDA is continuing to investigate to determine whether there are other implicated products", the alert stated.

More information can be found here.

There have been no reports of hepatitis A linked to the consumption of the items, the FDA said. According to the release, illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure.

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Symptons include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. While some people don't develop symptoms, they can be carriers of the virus and can infect others.

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

Kroger is recalling the berries that have been distributed to all Kroger stores across the country, including Fry's. Customers who have purchased these items should return them to the store for a full refund or replacement. It usually clears up on its own after a month or two, and is preventable through vaccination.

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