Check your freezer: Hepatitis A leads to recall of frozen berries sold at Smith’s

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ST. GEORGE — A possible hepatitis A contamination has prompted Kroger to recall some of its frozen berry products.

Kroger Co. announced this week that it’s recalling Private Selection Triple Berry Medley, both 16- and 48-ounce bags, as well as 16-ounce bags of Private Selection Frozen Blackberries. These are often sold at Smith’s Food and Drug Stores in Southern Utah.

A sample of the frozen berries, manufactured by Townsend Farms, tested positive for hepatitis A — a highly contagious liver disease — by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Kroger has removed the potentially affected items from store shelves and is working to reach out to customers who may have purchased the berries.

Although no customer illnesses have been reported so far, customers are urged not to consume the product and should return it to the store for a refund.

Hepatitis A can appear in the body within 15-20 days after exposure and cause the following symptoms: fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. If you have these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Customers who have questions can contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. MDT, and Saturday and Sunday, 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. MDT.

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