Frozen berries sold at Costco recalled due to possible hepatitis A contamination
Costco has recently issued a recall for its frozen strawberries due to potential contamination with the hepatitis A virus. The recall affects 6-pound packages of the product that were sold in select Costco stores in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Hawaii.
The recall is severe enough to prompt the CDC to issue a report stating that two hospitalizations have occurred due to the affected frozen fruit. The frozen organic strawberries sold by Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafoods, and PCC Markets, as well as the frozen organic tropical blend from Trader Joe’s, have all been recalled.
According to the CDC, evidence from the epidemiological investigation and traceback indicates that the frozen organic strawberries, imported from specific farms located in Baja California, Mexico in 2022, are likely the source of this outbreak. The strain of the hepatitis A virus causing illnesses in this outbreak is genetically identical to the strain responsible for a foodborne hepatitis A outbreak in 2022 that was linked to fresh organic strawberries imported from Baja California, Mexico, and sold at various retailers.
Impacted Lots are:
The lot number can be found on the back of the bag, as depicted below:
If you do have one of these recalled items, you need to stop eating it immediately and return it to Costco for a full refund.