Berry Recall Prompts Fears of Hepatitis A in California And Elsewhere

Posted on June 6, 2013

A series of berries have been recalled because of the possibility that they might be contaminated with Hepatitis C.  Unfortunately, it would appear that a number of illnesses across the country and locally here in California may already be attributed to the food, and thus it’s imperative that consumers take this recall seriously.

Townsend Farms announced the initial recall, which pertains to Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries available from multiple Costco stores around the country.  California is among the five states in which an occurrence of Hepatitis A has been reported in conjunction with the product.

A new story pays particular attention to a patient from East Contra Costa County.  She was checked in to a hospital last month and has since gotten out.  However, concerns have arisen that more cases might continue to spring up, as the berries may have made their way to other retailers or been purchased by restaurants that then used the berries as ingredients.

Persons who know they have bought the berries should refrain from eating them, and if consumption has already taken place, affected persons are advised to get in touch with a doctor at once.  If eaten over the past two weeks, it’s possible to submit to a vaccination that might stave off the threat.  Consumers should otherwise be on the lookout for skin, eye, and urine discoloration, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, as these could be indicative of Hepatitis A.

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