Kroger recalling the following frozen berry products, which were distributed to all Kroger stores nationwide:
- 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 stores include Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Foods Co, Dillons, Smith’s, King Soopers, Fry’s, QFC, City Market, Owen’s, Jay C, Pay Less, Baker’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Metro Market, and Mariano’s.
No illnesses have been reported yet. Kroger issued the recall after FDA tests on a sample of Private Selection frozen berries were positive for Hepatitis A.
Kroger said the recalled berries were “manufactured” by Townsend Farms. In 2013, frozen berries from Townsend Farms were linked to a Hepatitis A outbreak, with 165 illnesses reported in 10 states.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can be a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. The symptoms of a Hepatitis A viral infection occur within 15 to 50 days of eating a contaminated food. The symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. In rare cases, infection with Hepatitis A can progress to liver failure or death.
Kroger removed the recalled items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system .
Customers who bought the recalled berry products should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.
Customers with questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to midnight EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM EST.