If you have this fruit blend, stop using it immediately.
This week, Trader Joe’s announced a recall of its Organic Tropical Fruit Blend, after being alerted by its supplier of a serious health concern. Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Blend may have been contaminated by hepatitis A, a dangerous and contagious virus that can lead to liver damage.
Trader Joe’s said all of the affected products and those potentially affected have been removed from the shelves and “destroyed.” No illnesses have been reported to date, according to a company statement.
This news from Trader Joe’s follows other high-profile recalls in 2023, such as the charcuterie recall and the air fryer recall last month.
What Trader Joe’s Product Has Been Recalled?
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The recall refers to Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Blend (SKU# 51191). It specifically refers to products that have “Best By” dates of:
Why Has Trader Joe’s Recalled its Tropical Fruit Blend?
The Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit blend was recalled due to possible hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus contracted from eating or drinking contaminated food or beverage. Symptoms typically occur within 15 to 50 days and can lead to liver disease. To date, though, there have been no reported cases of anyone contracting hepatitis A from the tropical fruit blend.
Mild Hepatitis A cases can last a few weeks while severe cases can last several months, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In people with pre-existing health conditions or weakened immune systems, it can lead to liver failure and death. In most cases, though, the FDA says people typically recover completely within one to two weeks. A hepatitis outbreak in strawberries last year in the U.S. and Canada resulted in 12 people being hospitalized.
What Should I Do If I Bought This Product?
Don’t eat it. You can either throw it away or return it to Trader Joe’s and receive a full refund. If you have questions, contact Trader Joe’s at 626-599-3817 or send the company an email.