On June 7, 2019, The Kroger Co. announced a recall of select Private Selection berries manufactured by Townsend Farms due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. The recalled berries were also distributed at other grocery stores including Harris Teeter, Copps, Smith’s Marketplace and more. On June 11, 2019 Townsend Farms updated its recall to include the Three Berry Blend sold at Costco locations in California and Hawaii and then added three more states on June 13, 2019: Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.
Recall due to Hepatitis A contamination
No cases of Hepatitis A have yet been linked to customers who purchased these contaminated berries. Those who have consumed this product should be aware that Hepatitis A virus (HAV) can have a 15-20 day incubation period and cause a liver infection without obvious symptoms. Note that young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection and those who are immuno-compromised are more likely to experience a serious illness.
HAV is contracted when someone ingests the virus, which can contaminate food at any stage of the process from growing to cooking. Symptoms of Hepatitis A can be mild to severe and vary in length between a few weeks and several months. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, pale stool and others.
What to do if you have purchased and/or consumed the recalled berries
People with the recalled products should not eat them; instead return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund or replacement.
If you think that you may be sick from eating the recalled berries or have eaten the recalled berries, the FDA recommends contacting your healthcare provider. If you have consumed the recalled berries within the past two weeks and are not vaccinated against HAV, the FDA recommends asking your primary care physician about whether you should be given prophylaxis (PEP).
Consumers with questions can contact Kroger at (800) KROGERS Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight (EST), and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.
Consumers may also call the FDA with food safety questions at 1-888-SAFEFOOD Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST or visit http://www.fda.gov.
Contaminated food personal injury case
The federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses in the United States every year. When a person is seriously injured by contaminated food through the negligence of another, they may be able to recover damages with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
In order to recover, the plaintiff and his or her personal injury attorney must show that injuries were caused by the contaminated food by providing medical records and calling expert witnesses, that the injuries caused damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills and that the defendant is legally liable for the accident because of their negligence.
A personal injury attorney is best equipped to determine who the defendant is along the supply chain, gather evidence and build a case. They will also be able to assess the value of your claim and fight for the settlement you deserve.
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