Here’s a very important recall that you should read! Make sure that these products are not in your home.
The Oregon company Townsend Farms is recalling their frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product has been linked to the nationwide outbreak of Hepatitis A. This is based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the FDA and the CDC of an illness outbreak and they also discovered that one of the ingredients of the frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, pomegranate seeds processed in Turkey, may be linked to an illness outbreak outside of the United States.
As of today June 7, 2013, there are already 79 people diagnosed with acute hepatitis A infections which are all linked to eating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix.
This is a very alarming news because Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease. According to the CDC, illness onset dates range from 4/29/2013 – 5/17/2013. These are the symptoms, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. Take note that Hepatitis A illnesses occur within 15 to 50 days of exposure to the virus. Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food. In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre- existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure. If you have consumed this product or symptoms of Hepatitis A shows, please consult with your health care professional or local health department immediately to determine if a vaccination is appropriate and immediate treatment can be done.
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. Photos of the package are attached.
The product was also sold at Harris Teeter stores from April 19 until May 7, 2013, under the product name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, 10 oz. bag UPC 0 72036 70463 4. The correct “Lot” and “best by” codes are as follows: Lot Codes T041613E, T041613C and a “BEST BY” code of 101614.
For questions or more information, contact a Townsend Farms Customer Service Representative by phone or e-mail at 1-800-875-5291; firstname.lastname@example.org.