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FDA issues alert concerning Hep A in Kroger's frozen blackberries

Hepatitis A has become a problem in Florida, as in the remaining parts the country. Florida has confirmed 1,373 cases of Hepatitis A so far this year, which is more than the number of cases reported the entire time between 2014 and 2018.

Hepatitis A can have severe health consequences. The symptoms can vary in severity from a few weeks of mild ailment to a more serious ailment lasting few months. The signs and symptoms can include sudden nausea, vomiting, fatigue, low grade fever, loss of appetite, joint and abdominal pain, dark urine, pale stool, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. The disease is contagious and can transmit from person to person through contact or when someone takes in the virus from consuming contaminated food or drink.

Recently, a public health alert was issued after the Food and Drug Administration found an outbreak of Hepatitis A illness in frozen fruits sold by Kroger Co in its different outlets. The company recalled its Frozen Triple Berry Medley and Frozen Blackberries due to potential Hepatitis A contamination. The company sells both the products under its private selection brand. After the company issued the recall, the products have been taken out from store's display. However, no cases of illnesses tied to the potentially tainted berries have been reported yet. According to the FDA, Hepatitis A was discovered in the product through routine regulatory testing conducted by authorities.

People have been warned not to consume the fruits. The consumers who have bought the products can trash them or return them to the store for a full refund. People who have eaten the frozen blackberries or think they have gotten ill from eating them should consult their health care provider.

Foodborne diseases can be life-threatening. Affected persons may have to undergo prolonged medical treatment leading to inflated hospital bills and long wages due to an inability to work. Victims of such incidents can file lawsuit against the negligent companies, thereby claiming compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The product liability cases can be challenging to win, though, which is why it is often wise to work closely with an attorney who is experienced in this field.

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