Oregon frozen berry mix recalled after link to hepatitis A
FAIRVIEW, Ore. A Fairview, Ore., company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states.
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., is recalling its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores.
Illnesses were reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California. Hawaii health officials are also investigating three cases of hepatitis A in people who have eaten the frozen berry product.
Locally, 75 bags of the recalled fruit was sold in Lane County the most of any county adidas samba in Oregon, according to Lane County Health Human Services. The bags were also sold elsewhere in the state and several hundred were sold in the Vancouver area.
So far, no hepatitis A cases have been confirmed in Oregon, but counties are receiving reports of illnesses that are being investigated.
If you ate some of the berries int the last two weeks, state health officials say go to your doctor. You may be able to get a vaccine in time to stop the disease.
If you ate the berries more than two weeks ago, public health officials say there is no need to go to the doctor unless you get sick.
“We don’t want to send people needlessly,” said Dr. Paul Cieslak with the Oregon Public Health Division. “Your doctor won’t be able to do anything to prevent it.”
Cieslak says odds are you won’t get sick because they have found no cases in Oregon. Still, he said you should be aware of the symptoms, which include fatigue, low grade fever, dark colored urine and jaundice.
The recall came three days after the FDA and the federal Centers for Disease Control first announced a suspected link between the berries and the illnesses. The agency did not say why there was not an immediate recall. Costco has stores across the country, while Harris Teeter stores are in eight East Coast states and the District of Columbia.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months. People often contract it when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. Food already contaminated with the virus can also cause outbreaks.
The FDA said it is inspecting the processing facilities of Townsend Farms. The CDC said the strain of hepatitis is rarely seen in North or South America but is found in the North Afric adidas samba a and Middle East regions.
Bill Gaar, a lawyer for Townsend Farms, said last week that the frozen organic blend bag includes pomegranate seeds from Turkey. The seeds are only used in the product associated with the outbreak and no other Townsend Farms products, he said.
“We do have very good records, we know where the (pomegranate seeds) came from, we’re looking into who the broker is and we’re sourcing it back up the food chain to get to it,” Gaar said.
Hepatitis A illnesses occur within 15 to 50 days of exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool adidas samba .
Vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure, and those who have already been vaccinated are unlikely to become ill, according to CDC.
CDC said the first illnesses were reported at the end of April. The same genotype of hepatitis A was identified in an outbreak in Europe linked to frozen berries this year, the CDC said, as well as a 2012 outbreak in British Columbia related to a frozen berry blend with pomegranate seeds from Egypt. In addition to the United States and Turkey, the agency said the Townsend Farms berries also included products from Argentina and Chile. adidas samba
“Field to Farm to Family” It says so right on the label. CORVALLIS, OR (Marketwired June 04, 2013) Oregon’s three state Berry Commissions, the Oregon Strawberry Commission, The Oregon Raspberry Blackberry Commission and the Oregon Blueberry Commission are assuring consumers that no berries from the state’s farms were used in the Organic Antioxidant Blend recently identified as being involved in a multi state Hepatitis A outbreak. In fact, none of the berries were grown in the United States. Mike Townsend of Townsend Farms has confirmed that all berries used in the frozen product were imported from other countries.
I’m still buying organic, still buying from Townsend Farms. I’m better than low lifes like Constitution Warrior who think a family sized bag of Oreos from Wal Mart is a good deal. I’m claiming my arrogance, my snottiness. You uneducated GMO eating, Monsanto loving, mass produced consuming, losers can stuff that crap down your cancer ridden, clogged artery throats with your tortured animal meats. I’ll take a little natural immune challenge now and then from people who care about how they produce food and those who consume it.
Dad is fine. He was shocked for sure as the pieces were about the size of the chunks of peaches in the yogurt and it’s pretty chunky yogurt. I washed them and put them together and they look to be a bolt type cap that sheared in half. Smaller than a dime. I made sure to take a few pictures and have documented everything just to err on the side of caution. These kind of things can happen. However, mass outbreak of HEP A should never happen and sadly do more often then we probably hear about