Frozen Fruit Sold at Costco Recalled Due to Hepatitis A Outbreak








There has been yet another lawsuit filed against Townsend Farms and Costco Corporation in California on behalf of a 52 year old man who became ill with Hepatitis A after consuming frozen berries that were part of a recall.  According to the victim’s attorney, the goal is to ensure that his client is fairly compensated by Costco and Townsend Farms for his illness.

 

Costco facing lawsuit from another Hepatitis A victim.

Costco facing lawsuit from another Hepatitis A victim.

The most recent victim is one of 122 spread across eight states that have contracted Hepatitis A after consuming the Townsend Farm frozen berries sold at Costco stores around the country.  The eight states where victims are located are Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, Washington and Utah.

On the same note, another fruit company in Oregon has also chosen to recall some of their frozen fruit products.  On Wednesday, Scenic Fruit Company, in Gresham Ore. Announced that it was choosing to issue a recall of over 61,000 of their “Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels.”

At this time, there have been no illnesses reported with Scenic Fruit frozen products, and so far, the product tests have found no Hepatitis A virus on its pomegranate seeds that came from Turkey, but the recall is an effort to be extremely cautious due to the recent, ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to frozen pomegranate seeds that come from Turkey.

Hepatitis A can be very dangerous and is extremely contagious.  Most of the time, it is transmitted through food and water that is contaminated.  Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, nausea, fever, abdominal pain, dark urine, vomiting, jaundice (aka yellowing of the eyes and skin), pain in the joints and stools that are grey in color.

The CDC says that not all infected people will experience symptoms, but those who do will most often notice them between two and six weeks of exposure and infection.  Hepatitis can rarely cause liver failure and sometimes it can be fatal.  If exposure to contaminated food is caught within two weeks, there is a vaccination to prevent becoming ill from the virus.

The strain of the virus that has been found with the frozen fruit outbreak is only rarely found in the United States but is often found in the Middle East and North Africa.  Of the 122 recent cases, no deaths have been reported.

The Scenic Fruit Company recalls include 8 ounce re-sealable plastic pouches.  The UPC code on them is:  0 42563 01628 9.

The recall applies to the following product lots:

C 0129 (A,B, or C) 035 with a best by date of 02/04/2015

C 0388 (A,B, or C) 087 with a best by date of 03/28/2015

C 0490 (A,B, or C) 109 with a best by date of 04/19/2015

Scenic Fruit Company is asking that those that have recalled products get rid of them right away.  Consumers that have any questions should call their hotline at 877-927-3434.  You can also email them at infor@scenicfruit.com.

Written by Tony Clark

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