News: Frozen Berries Recall

An Oregon company has recalled its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend of Berries after the product was linked to at least 49 cases of hepatitis A in seven states, including California.

The product was sold at Costco under the product name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend (3 lb. bag and UPC 0 78414 404448). The recalled codes are located on the back of the package. The codes range sequentially from T012415 - T053115.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease often contracted when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.

The incubation period is 15 to 50 days from the exposure to the virus, so vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure. Those who have already been vaccinated are unlikely to become ill. Children are routinely vaccinated after the age of 1, with two doses given six months apart.