INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) – More than 1,000 cases of frozen raspberries are being recalled because they may be contaminated with hepatitis A.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the recall affects James Farm frozen raspberries sold through Depot/Jetro restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.
The recall was initiated after FDA testing revealed the presence of hepatitis A in raspberries identified by UPC 76069501010 and lot code 22-165. The following product is included in the review:
- 1,260 cases James Farms Frozen Raspberries: 2/5 lb. bags per 10 lb. carton
- The “best before” date is June 14, 2024.
- “A product of Chile.” UPC code: 76069501010, lot code is CO 22-165
Anyone with a recalled product should either throw it away or return it for a full refund.
People usually get hepatitis A within 15-30 days after being infected. It is a contagious liver disease that can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months.
Symptoms may include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver function tests, dark urine, and pale stools. The FDA states that in rare cases, especially in consumers who already have severe medical conditions or who are immunocompromised, hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure. Anyone with symptoms of hepatitis A should contact their health care provider or local health department immediately.
If someone has been exposed to hepatitis A, vaccination can prevent the disease if given within two weeks of initial exposure. The FDA states that anyone who may have consumed the contaminated product should consult with their healthcare provider or local health department to determine if vaccination is necessary.
Since 2011, the FDA said there have been three hepatitis A outbreaks linked to fresh berries. The FDA said the problem is that the virus can enter berries at various points in the supply chain. This includes infected workers, contaminated water, or contaminated food contact surfaces. Although they can be frozen, this will only preserve the berries. It does not disinfect viruses.
The FDA is currently working on a plan to improve the safety of fresh and frozen berries. They will work with partners to develop strategies to limit or prevent contamination throughout the supply chain.
Anyone with questions about the frozen raspberry recall can contact Exportadora Compramar at 302-401-6474 ext. 223 Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm EST.