Frozen Berries Recalled From Aldi and Raley's Over Possible Hepatitis A Contamination

Wawona Frozen Foods has announced a voluntary recall of some of its packets of frozen raspberries and berry mixes over fears they may have been contaminated with hepatitis A.

The company said the affected products were sold at Aldi Grocery Stores and Raley's Family of Fine Stores across the country and sold under the supermarket's own private labels.

The recall is out of an abundance of caution after a patch was tested positive for the hepatitis A virus during a government sampling program.

Wawona Frozen Foods said no people have been reported ill as a result of eating the packages of frozen raspberries and frozen berry mixes containing raspberries which had been imported from Chile.

Customers who may have purchased the affected products are being urged not to eat them and throw them away or return them at the place of purchase for a full refund.

Recalled frozen raspberry and mixed berry products:

Aldi:

  • Season's Choice Raspberries (frozen): 12 ounce bags, "best by" date of June, 10, 2021, August 1, 2021 and August 23, 2021. "Product of Chile." UPC Code: 0 41498 12419 9
  • Season's Choice Berry Medley (frozen) containing raspberries: 16 ounce bags, "best by" date of July 17, 2021, July 20, 2021 and July 22, 2021. "Product of USA, Chile." UPC Code: 0 41498 31344 9

Raley's:

  • Raley's Fresh Frozen Red Raspberries: 12 ounce bags, "best by" date of June 5, 2021 (lot code: 20156A04), August 1, 2021 (lot code: 20213A06) "Product of Chile." UPC Code: 46567 00754

No other frozen raspberry products are affected by the recall.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warn that hepatitis A is a contagious virus that can cause liver disease or failure. An infection can cause anything from a mild illness that passes after a short time to something more serious that lasts several months.

Illness usually occurs within 15 to 50 days of consuming a contaminated product or water. Symptoms include fever and nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice as well as dark urine or pale stool. However, in some cases, especially with children under the age of six, a hepatitis A infection may show no symptoms.

Wawona Frozen Foods said they are fully cooperating with federal health officials and the two supermarkets in question with regards to the voluntary recall.

"Wawona is a third-generation family company that emphasizes a culture of accountability, commitment and integrity," Bill Smittcamp, President of Wawona Frozen Foods, said in a statement.

"This voluntary recall is a reflection of that culture and our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers."

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Wawona Frozen Foods is recalling packages of frozen raspberries and frozen berry mixes sold at Aldi and at Raley's Family of Fine Stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A. Wawona Frozen Foods
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