Frozen fruit recalled over Hepatitis A contamination concerns

Frozen fruits sold to Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores are being recalled due to possible contamination with Hepatitis A.

Oregon-based Scenic Fruit Company issued the recall on Thursday for a frozen organic tropical blend distributed to Trader Joe’s. In addition, the company is recalling frozen organic strawberries sent to Aldi, Costco, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood and PCC Community Markets.

Hepatitis A has not been detected in the product and the recall is being done ‘out of an abundance of caution,’ according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a recall notice published on Friday.

Consumers are advised to destroy or return the products to the stores where they purchased it from for a refund. Stores have been notified to remove the packages from their inventory.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease.

‘It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months,’ stated the FDA.

‘In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre-existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.’

Scenic Fruit Company has stopped producing and distributing the items subject to the recall.

The company as well as the FDA are investigating to find the root of the contamination.

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