Costco and Kroger Recall Frozen Berries for Possible Hepatitis A Contamination
The retailer announced the recall of three frozen berry products on Friday.
June 18, 2019 Update:
Costco has now also recalled several frozen berry products for possible Hepatitis A contamination. Four-pound bags of Costco's Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend with "Best By" dates of February 16, 2020 and May 4, 2020 are the products specifically in question for contamination concerns. However, this recall only affects Costco locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.
According to the FDA and CDC there have been no customer illness reports to date related to any product manufactured by Townsend Farms, Inc. using these berries.
The FDA encourages Costco members who have purchased the above product to not consume it. They also recommend taking a photo of the product bag for your records, disposing of it, and contacting your local Costco for a full refund. Costco members who have questions should contact Townsend Farms, Inc., customer service representatives at 877-244- 0947 or by email at TownsendFarms4283@stericycle.com.
The original article, published Sunday, June 9, 2019, continues below:
The Kroger Co. has recalled three frozen berry products from their Private Selection label due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. This recall comes in response to an alert from the FDA that a sample of the retailer’s Private Selection frozen berries had been tested by the agency and were found to be contaminated with Hepatitis A.
The FDA encourages those who may have consumed affected product to consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate. Consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately. Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and pale stool. No customer illnesses have been reported to date.
More on the latest recall news:
The products being recalled are the Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley in 48-ounce bags with a “Best By” date of 7-7-2020, Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley in 16-ounce bags with a “Best By” date of 6-19-2020, and Private Selection Frozen Blackberries in 16-ounce bags with a “Best By” date of 6-19-2020. Kroger has removed the potentially contaminated products from stores and encourages customers to return these bags for a full refund or replacement if they are in their possession.
Anyone with questions can 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. We will keep you updated with the latest information on this recall as it comes in.