Wawona Frozen Foods Hepatitis A Lawsuit Lawyer Update: Frozen Raspberries Recalled Due to Potential Hepatitis A Risk.
In yet another recall of frozen berries, the Wawona Frozen Foods Company (which has its center of operation in Clovis, California) issued a recall on packages of their frozen raspberries because there is a fear they are contaminated with Hepatitis A. This would not be first time that frozen berries have been implicated in a Hepatitis A outbreak – recent outbreaks linked to frozen berries included the Hepatitis A lawsuits filed by the national Hepatitis A Lawsuit Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates against Townsend Farms for contaminated Turkish Pomegranates and the lawsuits filed by the national Hepatitis A Lawsuit Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates against Tropical Smoothie for contaminated Egyptian strawberries.
This recalled, announced on October 30, 2019, was issued after some of the products tested positive for Hepatitis A contamination on tests taken as a part of a government sampling program. This is significant because unlike bacteria such as E. coli or Salmonella, Hepatitis A is a virus that DOES NOT GROW outside the body, and hence is many times more difficult to find in routine testing (not to mention the virus is about a 50th the size of some bacteria. While Salmonella, for example, may cover berries that are imported, the Hepatitis A virus can hide on one or more berries in a large lot and will not grow until ingested. Freezing does nothing to kill Hepatitis A (viruses are, technically, not “alive”).
The contaminated raspberry products were sold in Aldi Grocery Stores and Raley’s Family of Fine Stores.
The Wawona Frozen Foods Company made the recall “out of an abundance of caution” (terminology that can either mean a company is taking the responsible path OR an admission that a company has little choice unless it wants to face a potentially crippling outbreak). In addition to the frozen berries themselves, the company is also recalling the frozen berry mixes that include the potentially deadly raspberries. [Note: in the outbreak of Hepatitis A caused by consumption of Townsend Farms, the final product was a berry blend that included contaminated Turkish Pomegranates.]
At least one of the affected retailers, Raley’s Family Fine Stores, sent an email to many of their customers to notify them of the recall, the email read “We’re contacting you because Raley’s removed Raley’s Red Raspberries 12 oz (Frozen) from our Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill stores on October 28, 2019, due to potential contamination with Hepatitis A Virus.”
At this time, unlike the outbreak of Hepatitis A caused by consumption of Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Berry Blend or the Hepatitis A outbreak against Tropical Smoothie by people who drank smoothies that contained the contaminated Egyptian strawberries, no illnesses have yet been reported or confirmed. The Wawona Frozen Foods Company is advising all customers who may have purchased any of the recalled raspberry products to refrain from eating them and to either dispose of them in a safe manner or to return to them to the place of purchase for a full refund. The products affected by the refund are:
Hepatitis A symptoms normally occur 15 to 50 days after ingesting or drinking the contaminated product. The infection can range from lasting a couple of weeks to lasting several months. Symptoms of Hepatitis A may include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine, and pale stool. Customers who aren’t vaccinated and believe they may have eaten the recalled products should contact a health care provider as soon as possible. Ron Simon, a national Hepatitis A Lawyer, stated “Hepatitis A has the tendency to appear in cyclic recurrences, resulting in sporadic and regional epidemics around the globe. Luckily, Hepatitis A is easily prevented by a vaccine, and younger Americans are routinely vaccinated, which has led to reductions in the number of victims every year in the U.S. But they do still occur and the best way to prevent Hepatitis A (HAV) infection is to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine.”