Frozen Berries Recalled in 10 States Because of Possible Norovirus Contamination

A frozen berry recall is affecting 10 states—and maybe your freezer.

So far in 2020, we haven’t seen too many recalls. But Contigo’s water bottle recall has been a persistent issue since August of 2019, and over 2,000 pounds of ground beef was pulled for plastic contamination not long ago. Now, a new recall has been announced by WinCo Foods and the FDA.

This frozen berry recall, issued on March 13, 2020, affects 10 states in total: Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Utah. You can find the full FDA statement here.

What products are recalled?

The frozen berry recall includes 16-ounce packages of blackberries and 16-ounce and 32-ounce packages of berry medleys. All three varieties were sold at WinCo Foods. The recall comes due to the risk of contamination with norovirus, which is the virus responsible for stomach flu.

According to the FDA, no illnesses have been reported yet. The virus was found by WinCo Foods during a standard product test and reported to the FDA. This is a voluntary recall, meaning WinCo Foods and the FDA want to make sure there are no contaminated berries lurking at the back of your freezer.

This recall app helps you and your kitchen stay ahead of the news.

How do I know if I have one of these products?

Luckily, these berries aren’t too hard to spot. You can determine whether you’ve got some baddies in your freezer by the UPC code and the Best By date. Both sets of numbers are typically stamped on the front of the package near the product image. Here’s what to look for:

  • 16-ounce bags of frozen blackberries with a UPC code of 70552-30502 and Best By code of December 9, 2021
  • 16-ounce bags of frozen berry medley with a UPC code of 70552-30522 and Best By code of December 9, 2021
  • 32-ounce bags of frozen berry medley with UPC code of 70552-30512 and Best By code of December 9, 2021

berry recallvia fda.gov

So why have there been so many recalls lately? The FDA explains why.

I have one of these products! What should I do with it?

If you find a bag of recalled frozen berries in your freezer, it’s time to pitch ’em. If you’d prefer a refund or exchange for another item, you can always take them back to your local WinCo location. The FDA warns that you should not consume these items under any circumstances.

For questions about the recall, feel free to reach out to WinCo’s customer service department at 1-800-824-1706, hours Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. MST.

How can I avoid getting norovirus?

During any recall, it’s important to heed the advice of the FDA. Unfortunately, there’s no way to wash or cook norovirus out of contaminated items, so discarding them is your only option. Norovirus is essentially the stomach flu, bringing on nausea, cramps and headaches for up to 48 hours.

To avoid norovirus, avoid raw fruits and veggies that haven’t been washed or raw meats that haven’t been cooked thoroughly. You should also know how to tell the difference between food poisoning and a stomach bug.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.