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Frozen Berries Pulled For Possible Hepatitis A Contamination

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 17:45:34-04

(LEX 18)– The U.S. Food and Drug Administration put a health alert out after hepatitis A was found in a sample of frozen berries at Kroger.

The company put a recall out on the Private Selection Frozen Triple Blend Medley, both the 48-ounce and the 16-ounce bags, and the 16-ounce bag of Private Selection Frozen Blackberries.

Health Experts say that situations like this, where the food was contaminated with hepatitis A are rare but possible.

“We haven’t had a case of any transmission of hepatitis A noted in quite some time. And as far as a recall, it’s the first recall that I can recall that we’ve had hepatitis A on, but it is possible for it to be transmitted in the handling. harvesting, even after cooking, it can be contaminated with hepatitis A,” said Environmental Health Coordinator Skip Castleman with the Fayette County Health Department.

Kroger has pulled the possibly contaminated fruit off of the shelves, but if you may have eaten it, Castleman recommends getting vaccinated.

“Even if they’re not sure they did that, they should go get a vaccination for hepatitis A just to be on the safe side,” he said.