Not long after Johnsonville sausages were pulled from shelves for containing plastic, another recall has reared its head. This week, Kroger brand Private Selection is under fire for possible Hepatitis A contamination.
The recall was issued on June 7 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and affects all Kroger stores across the country. If you have Private Selection frozen berries hidden in your freezer, make sure your family isn’t at risk.
What products are recalled?
While not all frozen Private Selection products are recalled, there are three items to look out for. Two variations of the Triple Berry Medley (16 oz. and 48 oz.) are affected, as well as Private Selection Frozen Blackberries (16 oz.).
Shortly after distribution, the FDA tested the product and notified Kroger of Hepatitis A traces which lead to the immediate voluntary recall. The affected berries were first manufactured by Townsend Farms. Kroger has already alerted customers and removed the contaminated berries from store shelves, but they fear the berries could be hiding out in consumers’ freezers.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
If you think you have a recalled item, take a look at the UPC code printed on the bag. You can also recognize contaminated products by the Best By date. Here’s what you should be looking out for:
- 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)
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
The contaminated products are not to be messed with. No illnesses have been reported at this time, but Kroger warns customers not to consume the frozen fruit under any circumstances. If you find a bag in the deep recesses of your freezer, it’s time to chuck it. Either return the fruit to your local Kroger for a full refund or replacement or simply toss it in the garbage.
If you have questions, you’re welcome to reach out to Kroger’s helpline at 1-800-KROGERS Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. EST. You can also reach the helpline on weekends between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. EST.
How can I avoid getting Hepatitis A?
Unfortunately, avoiding Hepatitis A is a little tricker than washing your fruits and vegetables. You can pick it up plenty of ways, even from contaminated food. It’s a contagious disease of the liver that can cause a whole tidal wave of health issues, and it occurs within 15-50 days of exposure.
If you’ve eaten contaminated food items, keep an eye out for symptoms like abdominal pain and jaundice. Don’t be afraid to go to the doctor if you recognize any symptoms that could be related to Hepatitis A.