Aldi's frozen mixed berries and raspberries have been recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. After a government-tested sample of Season's Choice frozen berries tested positive for Hep A, Wawona Frozen Foods pulled them from the shelves.
Food distributors do everything they can to prevent contamination, but it does happen. According to the World Health Organization, foodborne illness affects one in ten people each year. Forty percent of those cases afflict children under the age of five.
Hepatitis A is a serious disease. It is contagious and it can cause liver disease and lead to liver failure. According to the FDA, symptoms arise within 15 to 50 days of eating or drinking contaminated foods or liquids. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine or pale stool.
Routine government tests help to keep people from becoming ill. That's why it is so important to be aware of recalls.
Wawona Frozen Foods has recalled two of its products sold at Aldi and Raley: Season's Choice Raspberries and Season's Choice Berry Medley. The raspberries come in a twelve-ounce bag and the medley comes in a sixteen-ounce bag. Both products are frozen.
A few more details from the bag's labels: The Season’s Choice Raspberries best by dates are June 10, 2021, August 1, 2021, and August 23, 2021. The UPC Code is 0 41498 12419 9 and the packing reads "Product of Chile."
The Season’s Choice Berry Medley bags show best by dates of July 17, 2021, July 20, 2021, and July 22, 2021. The UPC Code is 0 41498 31344 9 and the packing reads either “Product of USA," or "Product of Chile.”
The FDA maintains that there have been no illnesses related to this recall, which was implemented as cautionary. Nevertheless, anyone who has purchased either product should not consume it. The berries can be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Anyone who has consumed the berries already should see their doctor as soon as possible.
Wawona Frozen Foods can be reached at (866) 913-0667 for questions.