The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warns consumers not to eat Townsend Farms Organic Frozen Berries Blend due to possible link to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A infections. This product is sold through Costco stores and is being investigated nationwide.
"People who have bought this product should discard it if still found in their home," said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH Director and State Health Officer. "Anyone who has consumed this specific product in the last 14 days should contact their doctor due to possible hepatitis A prevention and treatment options."
Costco has removed this product from stores and is notifying their member customers who have bought this product. CDPH will continue to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this outbreak.
Symptoms of hepatitis A virus infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes). Symptoms develop two to six weeks after consuming contaminated food or drink and can last from one week to several months. Most people recover completely, but sometimes hepatits A can lead to hospitalization and severe illness.
People who develop symptoms of hepatitis should consult their health care provider. If you have symptoms, you should not go to work, especially if you work in food service, health care or child care.
Click here to download the CDPH News Release regarding this product.
If you are a health care provider, click here to download the CDPH Hepatitis A Postexposure Prophylaxis Guidance.