Certain brands of frozen berries are disappearing from grocery shelves in the wake of widespread Norovirus contamination that threatens to make consumers ill.
Mega-retailers including Walmart and Save-a-Lot have been affected by this recall. The frozen berries were distributed by Alma Pak out of Alma, Georgia.
“The products were sold as 16-ounce ‘Great Value Frozen Blackberries’ and distributed at Walmart locations between 1/31/2019 and 05/31/2019 in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina and have expiration dates of 1/25/2021, 03/07/2021, 04/08/2021.
“The other product was sold as 12-ounce ‘Tipton Grove Frozen Mixed Berries’ and distributed at Save-a-Lot locations between 05/05/2019 and 05/15/2019 in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin and have expiration dates of 04/22/2021, 04/23/2021, 04/24/2021.”
The Food and Drug Administration pulled the items from stores after a sample tested positive for Norovirus. So far, no illnesses have been reported.
“Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that may produce symptoms of gastroenteritis including severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the FDA.
“Less common symptoms include low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.
“Most symptoms resolve within 48 hours, but at-risk populations including young children, elderly and those with compromised immune systems may have more severe reactions.”
Consumers are urged to either destroy or return to the place of purchase any berries suspected of being contaminated.
If you have any questions, please call Alma Bak at (866)965-3896.