Organic berry mix focus of probe into hepatitis A

2013-06-01T00:00:00Z Organic berry mix focus of probe into hepatitis AThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company.

Authorities said Friday that 30 illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, which contains pomegranate seed mix. Illnesses were reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California.

Several of those who fell ill reported buying the berry mix at Costco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Costco spokesman said Friday that the company has removed the product.

The government has not announced a recall, but the CDC recommended that retailers should not sell or serve the product.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.

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