Great Value Frozen Fruit Products Recalled in IN, KY, and IL
The company that produces Great Value frozen fruit products (Willamette Valley Fruit Co.) has issued a voluntary recall due to a potential Hepatitis A contamination. The Great Value brand of products is sold exclusively at Walmart, and this recall affects a whole bunch of stores - Walmart locations in 32 states, including Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.
According to the Food & Drug Administration (fda.gov), the recall is for Great Value Sliced Strawberries, Great Value Mixed Fruit, and Great Value Antioxidant Blend distributed to select Walmart stores in AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY from January 24th, 2023 to June 8th, 2023.
There are two other products - Rader Farms Organic Fresh Start Smoothie Blend and Rader Farms Organic Berry Trio - included in the recall, but those are both only sold out west.
What is Hepatitis A?
Simply put, Hepatitis A is not something you want to mess around with - it does not sound like anything fun at all. If you need more information than that, here is what the FDA says about it...
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 and includes 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.
What Should You Do?
If you have any of these products (I have some of those frozen strawberries in my freezer), you should check to see if they are included in the recall. You can either throw the product away or return it to Walmart for a refund.
If you have any other questions or concerns, you can contact Willamette Valley Fruit Co. by calling 800-518-9865 Monday through Friday 8am-5pm PST.