The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection that could be associated with Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a frozen berry and pomegranate fruit mix.
The outbreak has so far affected at least 49 people across seven states and epidemiological investigation has established a potential link with the Townsend Farms product, which was sold through Costco warehouse stores. The product was recalled on 3 June and the recall covers ‘best by’ codes from T012415 to T053115. The same product was also marketed through Harris Teeter stores until 7 May. The recall was initiated in response to information that an ingredient in the product, pomegranate seeds processed in Turkey, may be linked to another HAV outbreak outside the USA
The FDA is now inspecting processing facilities at the Townsend Farms site in Oregon and will be testing further product and ingredient samples for the presence of HAV. More information can be found here.