The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert today advising consumers to a hepatitis A virus (HAV) contamination of frozen blackberries sold under the Kroger grocery store “Private Selection” brand. This contamination was discovered by the FDA as a part of an ongoing frozen berry sampling assignment.
The FDA is advising consumers not to eat and to throw away frozen fruit purchased from Kroger and other retail locations, including Fred Meyer, packaged under Kroger’s “Private Selection” brand.
The recalled products are
- 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)
All 3 of these products are available at Fred Meyer grocery stores in Bellingham according to the company’s online shopping service.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say they are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A linked to the consumption of Kroger Private Selection brand frozen blackberries.
The FDA is continuing to investigate to determine whether there are other implicated products according to today’s announcement.
The FDA is recommending that consumers who consumed the frozen berries listed above and have not been vaccinated for HAV consult with their healthcare professional to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated. PEP may be recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to HAV in the last two weeks; those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection do not require PEP.
FDA officials say Hepatitis A virus (HAV) can result in a liver infection that may be inapparent. When symptoms do occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. HAV is found in the stool and blood of people who are infected. HAV is spread when someone ingests the virus, usually through person-to-person contact or from eating contaminated food or drink. Contamination of food with the hepatitis A virus can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling and even after cooking.
Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating frozen blackberries or if you believe that you have eaten any of the frozen blackberry products noted above within the last two weeks.