April 29, 2000
Frozen Strawberries Sold at Kroger, Safeway, Richfood, and Great
WATSONVILLE, Calif., (SafetyAlerts) - New West Foods, in
conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, has initiated a limited voluntary
recall of certain frozen strawberry products.
A small quantity of frozen sliced strawberries labeled with codes NW063094 or NW060991 are
being voluntarily recalled according to a press release issued by the company. Products
bearing any other codes are not subject to the recall. The codes can be found on the front
or back of the product label or on the lid. The products in question were sold under the
brands: ``Richfood,'' ``Great Value,'' ``Safeway'' and ``Kroger.'' They are only packed in
10-ounce and 16-ounce containers.
According to a press release issued by New West, the recall is in response to an
early-February outbreak of hepatitis A among seven laboratory workers at Boston's Brigham
and Women's Hospital. FDA has been looking into all potential scenarios including an ice
cream social held at the hospital in which frozen strawberries were served as one of the
toppings to approximately 300 people, including the seven infected hospital workers.
According to FDA, other than the one isolated incident involving the seven hospital
workers, there is no evidence of any other illness in the Boston area or anywhere else in
the country. The vast majority of patients with hepatitis A infections recover with no
long-term effects. It can cause nausea, fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and
Consumers possessing strawberries packed under these two codes should not consume them and
return the product to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers April 29, 2000.
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