Frozen berries recalled from Aldi, Raley’s stores over hepatitis A concerns

Mike Snider


Published 1: 58 PM EDT Nov 1, 2019

California food producer Wawona Frozen Foods is voluntarily recalling packages of frozen berries sold at Aldi and Raley’s grocery stores over concerns they could be contaminated with hepatitis A.

The Clovis, California-based Wawona Frozen Foods is recalling frozen raspberries packaged under the Aldi and Raley’s private labels, and Aldi-branded frozen berry mixes with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The voluntary recall follows a positive test result as part of a government sampling program, the FDA says. To date, there have been no illnesses associated with the products. Consumers should not eat the berries, health officials say, and can return them to the store where they were purchased.

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The packages involved include:

Aldi: Season’s Choice Frozen Raspberries 12-oz. bags with “best by” dates of June 10, 2021, August 1, 2021 and August 23, 2021. They carry the label “Product of Chile,” with UPC Code: 041498124199, and lot codes 20161A, 20213A, 20235A; and Season’s Choice Frozen Berry Medley (frozen) 16-oz. bags with “best by” date of July 17, 2021, July 20, 2021 and July 22, 2021, carrying the “Product of USA, Chile” label,” with UPC Code: 041498313449, and lot codes 20198A, 20201A, 20203A.

Aldi, which has more than 1,900 stores across 36 states in the U.S., removed the affected product from select stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois,

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Indiana, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia, the company says. The frozen berries were also available for purchase to Aldi shoppers through the Instacart grocery delivery service.

Raley’s: Raley’s Fresh Frozen Red Raspberries 12-oz bags with “best by” date of June 5, 2021 (lot code: 20156A04), August 1, 2021 (lot code: 20213A06), carrying the “Product of Chile” label and UPC Code: 4656700754.

Raley’s owns and operates 129 grocery stores mainly in California and Nevada including Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill Foods stores.

For more information, consumers can contact Wawona Frozen Foods at 866-913-0667 or visit the connection at

The effects of the hepatitis A virus, which can cause liver disease, may range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe long-term illness lasting several months, the FDA says. Earlier this year, the agency said it would begin testing frozen berries for hepatitis A and norovirus starting in November. That action came after several frozen-berry-related hepatitis A outbreaks across the U.S. between 1997 and 2016.

Illness from hepatitis A infection usually occurs within 15 to 50 days after eating contaminated food. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stool. Consumers with symptoms should contact their health provider or the local health department immediately, the FDA says.

However, some persons – particularly children under the age of 6 – may be asymptomatic, health officials say. Those who may have consumed the affected product should contact a health care professional to determine whether vaccination is appropriate.

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This is just the most recent product recall to hit Aldi stores. An E. coli outbreak in May was linked to flour sold at select Aldi stores. And Aldi stores were among those affected by a recall of ready-to-eat chicken products including salads and sandwiches in October.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider on Twitter: @MikeSnider.

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