DENVER — There are 12 cases of Hepatitis A in Colorado related to an outbreak associated with frozen berries people bought at Costco recently. That’s according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Townsend Farms in Oregon has issued a voluntary recall for its Organic Antioxidant frozen berries because of the product’s possible connection to the outbreak.
The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores 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 with the words “BEST BY”; followed by the code T012415 sequentially through T053115, followed by a letter. All of these letter designations are included in this recall for the lot codes listed above
Almost 50 cases total of Hepatitis A have been reported in at least five states including Colorado.
“The state health department is asking people to check their freezers. If you have the product, dispose of it. Do not eat it. The risk of contracting hepatitis A from eating these berries is low,” a statement says.
“However, if you have eaten Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries during the past 14 days, contact your medical provider for an immunization. If you do not have a medical provider, contact your local health department.”
If it has been more than 14 days since you at the berries, the vaccine won’t help.
“Early signs of hepatitis A appear two to six weeks after exposure,” the health department says. “Symptoms commonly include 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). It is very important if you have these symptoms that you do not go to work, especially if you work in food service, health care or child care.”