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With the warning that the DayBreak Blend, which includes frozen organic strawberries grown in Mexico and that may have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis, Wawona Frozen Foods, Inc. issued a voluntary recall on large bags of frozen fruit sold at Costco Wholesale stores in five states.
According to the company, the recall includes 4-pound packages of Wawona Frozen Foods Organic DayBreak Blend that were distributed from April 15, 2022 through June 26, 2022.
The affected products were shipped to Costco locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington.
Wawona Frozen Foods said the recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution” and that no illnesses have been reported as of the time of publication.
“While the DayBreak Organic Blend was distributed to Costco stores last year, they have ‘Use By’ dates of 09/23/2023, 09/29/2023, 09/30/2023 and 10/18/2023, therefore, consumers are urged to check their freezers for the recalled mixture, do not consume it, and either discard the product or return it to the store for a refund,” the notice said.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis A is “a vaccine-preventable liver infection,” yet it is highly contagious and it is spread when someone unknowingly ingests the virus, even in microscopic amounts, through close personal contact with an infected person or by eating contaminated food or drink.
According to the CDC, people who get hepatitis A “may feel sick for a few weeks to several months, but usually make a full recovery and have no lasting liver damage.”
“In rare cases, hepatitis A can cause liver failure and even death; this is more common in older people and in people with other serious health problems, such as chronic liver disease,” the CDC states.
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