More Hepatitis A cases reported as outbreak continues

| June 28, 2013

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A (HAV) infection associated with frozen berries.

The outbreak has now affected at least 122 people in eight states with 54 cases requiring hospital treatment. The outbreak investigation has identified a link with Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a frozen berry and pomegranate fruit mix. The product contains ingredients from the USA, Argentina, Chile and Turkey.

The Townsend Farms product was sold through Costco warehouse stores and was recalled on 3 June. The same product was also marketed through Harris Teeter stores until 7 May. The FDA is now inspecting processing facilities at the Townsend Farms site in Oregon and is testing further product and ingredient samples for the presence of HAV.

Read the CDC outbreak update here.

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