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Residents advised to discard potentially contaminate berry product

The FDA has an updated link for information on their web site at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm355166.htm?source=govdelivery

*** Release below is reposted from the Utah Department of Health ***

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Utah public health officials have identified four Utahns who became ill with hepatitis A and reported eating a frozen berry blend food product. The onset dates of illness range from mid-March to mid-May. None of the individuals were hospitalized and all have recovered.

The frozen berries, sold in all 10 Utah Costco stores, were identified as Oregon-based Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend containing berries from multiple locations (Argentina, Chile and Turkey). Townsend Farms has voluntarily recalled the product and it has been removed from store shelves in Utah.

Consumers are being told not to eat the product and to throw away any remaining berries, even if someone in the household ate the product without becoming ill.

Contact your health care provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms:

  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pale stools
  • Dark urine

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that usually occurs when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. But, food contaminated with hepatitis A virus, as is suspected in this outbreak, can cause illness among people who eat or handle the food. While hepatitis A can cause severe sickness, nearly all who get hepatitis A recover completely with no lasting liver damage.

As of June 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had identified 49 people in seven states believed to have contracted the disease from the Costco product. Those states include: Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah


The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth. org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uch ealth, www.pinterest.com/uchd< /a> , or www.twitter.com/uchd

Related Links

CDC Hep A Outbreak page