Aldi Recalls Frozen Raspberries Due to Risk of Hepatitis Contamination
Do you shop at Aldi? Then this frozen raspberries recall might affect your smoothie plans.
Make room for another recall. Fresh apples like Honeycrisp and Fuji took their place on the recall hot seat just this week, and before that, a chicken recall rocked leading grocery stores, including Kroger and Aldi. Unfortunately, Aldi isn’t out of the woods yet. The latest recall is for frozen raspberries. According to the FDA, the berries are potentially contaminated with hepatitis A.
Wawona Frozen Foods, the manufacturer for Aldi, issued the recall on October 30. The FDA quickly published its announcement on October 31. This recall affects Aldi stores across the country as well as Raley’s Family of Fine Stores in Sacramento, California. Find the full FDA statement here.
What products are recalled?
The recall specifically names frozen raspberries and frozen mixed berries. The brands include Season’s Choice, which is sold at Aldi, and Raley’s brand, sold at Raley’s stores. The recall includes these sizes and varieties:
- 12-ounce bags of Season’s Choice Frozen Raspberries
- 16-ounce bags of Season’s Choice Frozen Berry Medley
- 12-ounce bags of Raley’s Fresh Frozen Red Raspberries
The raspberries were initially imported from Chile and tested positive for hepatitis A after a standard government sampling. Luckily, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall. You can’t be too careful, though. Wawona Frozen Foods wants consumers to be aware of the recall, and urges them to throw out any contaminated products ASAP. No other Wawona Frozen Foods products are affected.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
This recall is a smaller one, so it shouldn’t be too hard to determine if you have bad berries. Take a look at the UPC codes and “best by” dates typically found on the back or bottom of the packaging. The bag will say either “Product of Chile” or “Product of USA, Chile.”
Here’s what to look out for:
- 12-ounce bags of Season’s Choice Frozen Raspberries with “best buy” date of June 10, 2021, August 1, 2021 and August 23, 2021. UPC code: 0 41498 12419 9
- 16-ounce bags of Season’s Choice Frozen Berry Medley with “best buy” date of July 17, 2021, July 20, 2021 and July 22, 2021. UPC code: 0 41498 31344 9
- 12-ounce bags of Raley’s Fresh Frozen Raspberries with “best buy” date of June 5, 2021 (lot code: 20156A04) and August 1, 2021 (lot code: 20213A06). UPC code: 46567 00754
Still need help? Find images of each package at the bottom of the FDA’s statement.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
First and foremost, don’t eat these guys under any circumstances. We know they’re sweet, but it’s not worth the gamble. The FDA says you should either toss them out or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For any questions concerning the frozen raspberries recall, reach out to Wawona Frozen Foods at 866-913-0667. You can also reach them through their website.
How can I avoid getting hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A, unfortunately, can be pretty hard to avoid. You’ll typically pick it up from eating contaminated food, but it’s highly contagious and can spread through closer personal contact as well. The first symptoms typically come within 15-50 days of exposure, and it can cause a whole mess of liver problems.
The signs of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, jaundice, fatigue and many more flu-like side effects. If you experience any of these issues after eating a recalled product, contact your doctor. Fortunately, most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but should recover completely without any lasting liver damage.