Buy Fruit at Walmart? Some is Recalled for Hepatitis Risk
It's definitely the season for snacking on fruit. Well, check your freezer, because some sold at Walmart stores in Michigan is being recalled for possible Hepatitis A contamination.
Frozen Fruit Sold at Walmart Stores Recalled
Willamette Valley Fruit Co. in Oregon is voluntarily recalling select packages of frozen fruit containing strawberries grown in Mexico due due to Hepatitis A risk.
The recalled products were sold at Walmart stores in 31 states, including Michigan. The recall included Great Value Sliced Strawberries, Great Value Mixed Fruit and Great Value Antioxidant Blend distributed between Jan. 24 through June 8, 2023.
Products sold at Costco and HEB stores in other states were also recalled.
Find specific information, including lot number and best buy date on the FDA's website.
If you purchased the recalled fruit, do not eat it. Either throw it away or return it to the store for a full refund.
Anyone with questions should call Willamette Valley Fruit Co. at 800-518-9865 Monday through Friday 8am-5pm PST.
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus, including from food.
It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure. Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and pale stool.
In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre-existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.
Anyone who consumed the recalled fruit should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is needed.
Anyone with symptoms of Hepatitis A should seek treatment immediately.
Find more information on Hepatitis A here.