It’s not every day that you hear that the berries in your freezer could put your health in danger.
According to a series of news outlets, WinCO Foods is recalling frozen red raspberries that come from the Rader Farms of Bellingham, Washington. These berries could be contaminated with norovirus, making them particularly dangerous to children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
According to the firm, the recall impacts 12-ounce packages of red raspberries with the “Best By” date of February 13, 2021, sold in Washington and other states. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the virus during a sample test. While the Idaho-based company behind this product says nobody suffered health issues due to these berries, it is important that consumers do their part to avoid health-related incidents.
The FDA and WinCo are asking consumers to throw away or return the impacted products immediately. If you return the item, the store should give you a refund.
The FDA is reporting that consumers who eat food contaminated with norovirus may suffer vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms. Vulnerable consumers in particular will suffer worse symptoms as their immune systems may not be able to fight the virus.
In order to keep your loved ones safe, avoid leaving the recalled products in your freezer. Throw the remaining contents way or return it to the store of purchase immediately.
Ignoring recalls such as this may lead to serious and even deadly consequences. Whenever you learn of a recall that involves food items you consume, heed the manufacturer’s recommendations and report any health-related incidents to regulators immediately.
For more on this specific recall, follow this link.
Reach out to friends and loved ones who might be impacted as well to help alert them about the risks.