Frozen Berries Cause Hepatitis A Outbreak in Costco


More than 79 people in seven states are now sick with acute hepatitis A infections linked to a contaminated frozen berry and pomegranate mix sold widely at Costco and Harrison Teeter stores.

This is (part of) the latest update of the FDA:

Townsend Farms, Inc. of Fairview, Oregon, recalled certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend on June 4, 2013, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus. (source)

Of the 79 people in seven states who have become ill with the deadly liver disease, only one was a child:

“The very, very small number of children involved in this outbreak probably reflects the high vaccination coverage as the result of the routine immunization,” said John Ward, who directs the viral hepatitis program at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (source)

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