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Organic Berry Blend Product Believed to be Linked to Hepatitis Outbreak

 

Pat McCrory, Governor
Aldona Z. Wos, M.D., Secretary

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2013
Contact: 919-855-4840

Public health officials with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are warning North Carolina consumers of a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A (HAV) linked to a contaminated product. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 49 cases of Hepatitis A have been linked with consumption of the product in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, and California. No cases have been reported in North Carolina. Most cases report consumption of a frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix called Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend that was purchased at Costco markets. While none of the North Carolina Costco markets have received this product, it was sold at Harris Teeter grocery stores in North Carolina and five other states (Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida) as Harris Teeter Organics Antioxidant Berry Blend. The manufacturer has issued a voluntary recall for the product; in addition, Harris Teeter has removed the product from its frozen cases. For specific information on UPC number and product codes, visit http://www.harristeeter.com/other/consumer_information/recalls.aspx?id=52

DHHS urges consumers to discard this product if it is still in their freezer, and not to eat it. Anyone who has been exposed to the product in the last two weeks should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and consideration for vaccination. Those who have eaten the contaminated product may not begin to feel ill until approximately 28 days later. Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, vomiting, jaundice (yellow eyes or skin), abdominal pain, pale stools, or dark urine.

More information on this outbreak, visit http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html.

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