More than 1,200 Cases of Frozen Raspberries Are Being Recalled Due to a Possible Health Risk

published Dec 5, 2022
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If you consider the best part of the holidays to be baking, you probably plan to do a lot of it this season. While you most likely already have plenty of recipes for your holiday cookie exchange, if you’re planning to use frozen raspberries for any of them, you may want to double check the brand you have tucked away in your freezer because they could be a part of the current recall.

Announced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), a new recall has been put into place for frozen raspberries due to a possible health risk. As the recall notes, Exportadora Copramar is recalling 1260 cases of its James Farm branded frozen raspberries due to them being contaminated with Hepatitis A. The berries in question are packaged in two 5-pound bags per 10-pound carton, are identified by UPC Code 76069501010 and Lot Code 22-165, have “Product of Chile” written on the package, and have a “Best if used by” date of June 14, 2024.

Exclusively sold through Restaurant Depot and Jetro, the infected berries were found to be distributed in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. And while the inventories of the affected lot have been removed from stores, there is a chance you could still have some hanging about in your freezer.

As the FDA notes, Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease and can range from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to an illness with more serious effects that could last for months on end. Those who contract Hepatitis A will usually feel its onset within 15 to 50 days of exposure and will experience issues like fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, dark urine, and — in more severe cases — liver failure.

Since the release of the recall, no illnesses or reverse reactions have been reported, but if you happen to have this particular brand of frozen raspberries bearing the above information in your home or place of business, you should not consume them. Instead, customers who have purchased the product should discard them immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions or concerns about the matter, you can reach the Exportadora Compramar team from Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST at 302-401-6474 ext 223.

If you’re looking to add another type of berry into your recipes this holiday season, you can always make these delicious cranberry cookie sticks instead.

Wondering what other recalls and public health alerts have been issued lately from your favorite brands? Check out this page that’s updated regularly to stay in the know.