Citing the potential for the strawberries to spoil, the grocery giant Walmart on Tuesday recalled about 8 million packages of berries sold in its stores from October 31 to December 31, according to a statement.
The company said the strawberry product is now labeled “raw strawberries,” and it was “not designed to be consumed raw.”
The berries sold at Walmart stores are packaged in plastic and the strawberries are labeled “slightly cooked,” the statement said.
Walmart said in its statement that while it has removed the strawberry products from its shelves, it was unable to guarantee that the berries will remain fresh for consumers.
In addition, the company said it is removing all of its fresh strawberries from grocery stores and will be replacing them with the freshest berries.
The recall comes just a week after Walmart and other grocery retailers reported a surge in grocery store sales and a decline in retail sales as consumers rushed to stockpile supplies in anticipation of a snowstorm.
In the third quarter, the average grocery store sold 2.7 million pounds of strawberries and another 2 million pounds in October.