You never can quite trust that a fresh raspberry isn’t hiding an essence of mold before you bite into it, but a recent recall should give you pause about the frozen variety as well. Exportadora Copramar Ltda., a processing and shipping company from Chile, is voluntarily recalling more than a thousand cases of James Farm frozen raspberries due to the potential the fruits are contaminated with Hepatitis A—that’s according to a report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA tests detected the presence of the contagious liver disease-causing virus in the fruits. A bout of Hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few weeks to months, and generally produced symptoms within 15 to 50 days of exposure. Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. In rare cases, those with a pre-existing severe illness or who are immunocompromised and contract Hepatitis A progress to liver failure. A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to the virus, according to the FDA report.
What frozen raspberries have been recalled?
The James Farm frozen raspberries are identified with the UPC 76069501010, found on the top of the carton, and Lot Code – 22-165, found on the bottom of the carton. The raspberries come in food service packages containing 10 pound cartons with James Farm on the box and a “Best if used by” date of June 14, 2024. Here is an image of the box from the FDA. The recalled product is exclusively sold through Restaurant Depot and Jetro locations in the following states
- New York
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
The affected lot has been removed from the Restaurant Depot and Jetro locations, and the retailers are contacting customers affected by the recall. There have been no official reports of illness so far, according to the FDA.
What should you do if you think you consumed the contaminated raspberries?
If you think you have purchased the recalled frozen raspberries, discard any remaining or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you think you might’ve consumed them, the FDA recommends consulting with your health care professional or local health care department to see whether a vaccination is appropriate. If you are showing symptoms, contact them immediately.
For questions about this recall, contact Exportadora Compramar at 302-401-6474 ext 223, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 6 P.M. EST.
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