RECALL: Costco Berries Make Californians Sick

Costco Berry RecallNearly 80 people in California and six other states are now suffering from Hepatitis A after eating contaminated berries sold at Costco Wholesale stores. The outbreak triggered a national product recall of Townsend Farms frozen berries and pomegranate, which are packaged in Fairview, Oregon, and marketed as an “Organic Antioxidant Blend.”

Costco and an east coast grocery chain, Harris Teeter, sold the berries as early as February 2013. Consumers who shop at these stores should promptly check their freezers to see if they purchased the berries and dispose of them.

Victims Were Hospitalized

According to the Centers for Disease Control, residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah have suffered food-borne illness caused by the berries. The Hepatitis A virus causes a contagious liver disease that can affect a patient for up to several months. So far, 30 victims have been hospitalized because of the fruit.

Hepatitis A Symptoms

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Pale stool

If you believe you or someone you know ate the recalled fruit, the CDC recommends that you contact the California Department of Public Health to find out if you should get a Hepatitis A vaccine. The vaccine is only effective if a victim gets it within 14 days of exposure to the virus.

The lawyers at TorkLaw are experienced in food safety litigation and can help victims of food-borne illness assess their legal options.


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