Plumas District Hospital physicians have treated several local individuals after learning that berries they had eaten were part of a recall. The berries may have been contaminated with hepatitis A.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses is linked to individuals who have consumed a contaminated frozen berry blend sold at Costco warehouse stores under the name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, 3-pound bag, UPC 0 78414 404448.
The product has been voluntarily recalled by Townsend Farms Inc.
The CDC recommends that individuals not eat Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend and discard any remaining product. Even if some of the product has been eaten without anyone becoming sick, the rest of the product should be thrown away.
The recalled codes are located at the back of the package with the words “BEST BY” followed by the code T012415 sequentially through T053115, followed by a letter.
The illness occurs within 15 to 50 days after exposure. Symptoms are fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. Anyone who has consumed this product or is experiencing any of the above symptoms is encouraged to contact his or her physician.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person.
For more official information about the case, community members are encouraged to visit http://1.usa.gov/12U
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