June 4, 2013

Townsend Farms is recalling its Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries due to a hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened 49 people. The product is sold at many stores, including 13 Costco stores in Oregon.

The product is sold in 3lb bags and contains a variety of berries, including cherries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, raspberries and strawberries. Product details»

Hepatitis A Highly Infectious

Hepatitis A can be highly infectious and is spread from person to person through close contact. If you have symptoms, it is very important that you do not go to work, especially if you work in food service, health care or child care.

What to Do

  • Do not eat Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend berries.
  • If you have these berries in your freezer, throw them away. You can also return them to Costco for a refund.
  • If you’ve eaten these berries within the last 2 weeks, talk to your health provider about a hepatitis A vaccine.
  • If you’ve received a hepatitis A vaccination in the past, you do not need to be reimmunized. Most children in Oregon have been vaccinated.
  • Consult a physician immediately if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.

Symptoms

Contact your health provider if you’ve eaten these berries and become ill with:

  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
  • Dark urine and jaundice (yellow eyes or skin)

Hepatitis A varies in severity. Mild cases last two weeks or less. More severe cases last 4-6 weeks or longer and can result in hospitalization. Some individuals, especially children, may not develop jaundice and may have an illness so mild it can go unnoticed.

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