An outbreak of hepatitis A has been linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a frozen berry mix sold by Costco and Harris Teeter grocery stores.
Do I Have a Texas Food Poisoning Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured by Hepatitis A or required a vaccination after eating frozen berries in Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
UPDATE: 162 Sick in Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Imported Pomegranate Seeds
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September 25, 2013 — The CDC has reported that 162 people in 10 states have been infected with Hepatitis A after eating contaminated pomegranate seeds, including 71 who were hospitalized. At least two class action lawsuits have been filed against Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading in Turkey. Click here to read more.
June 7, 2013 — Results of an investigation conducted by the CDC have linked 79 illnesses in 8 states (Arizona, California Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington) to the recalled Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend. About 40% (40 out 0t 55) of people who were interviewed reported eating the product. 30 people have been hospitalized.
June 5, 2013 — Class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of all people who required vaccinations. Click here to read more.
- 49 cases of hepatitis A reported; 11 hospitalizations.
- Illnesses have been reported in seven states: Hawaii, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada
- The first person injury lawsuit has been filed in San Diego by a woman who was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
RECALL: Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend
On June 4, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Townsend Farms issued an official recall notice for the Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend after finding that frozen pomegranate seeds processed in Turkey could be contaminated with Hepatitis A.
Recalled products include:
- Costco: 3-pound bags with UPC 078414 40448.
- Harris Teeter: 10-ounce bags with UPC 072036 70463 4.
- Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels
CDC Recommends Hepatitis A Vaccinations for People Who Ate Frozen Berry Mix
The hepatitis A vaccine or an injection of immune globulin (IG) can prevent infection if it is given within two weeks after exposure to the contaminated product.
In its advice to consumers, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended:
“If you consumed this product in the last two weeks and have never been vaccinated, contact your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated. … If you have already received the hepatitis A vaccination in the past, you are unlikely to become ill with the disease.”
Pomegranate Seeds May Be Responsible for Hepatitis A Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that the hepatitis A virus is genotype 1B, which is rare in North America and South America, but common in North Africa and the Middle East. Earlier this year, genotype 1B was responsible for an outbreak of hepatitis A in frozen berries sold in Europe. In 2012, a frozen berry blend sold with pomegranate seeds from Egypt was linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A in British Columbia.
The Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend contained pomegranate seeds processed in Turkey, Argentina, Chile, and the United States.
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a contagious viral infection that causes liver disease and inflammation. It is present in the feces of infected people, and it is transmitted when another person ingests microscopic amounts of contaminated fecal matter contaminated — usually when food handlers do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. In the United States, approximately 3,600 cases of hepatitis A are reported every year.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A illnesses occur within 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus. They are usually mild, but may persist for several months, especially in adults. More than 85% of patients recover within 3 months, and nearly all recover after 6 months.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite or weight-loss without trying (anorexia)
- Fever (usually low-grade)
- Feeling weak or tired (malaise)
- Abdominal pain (especially in the liver area, on the right side below the ribs)
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
- Dark urine
- Pale or clay-colored stools
- Muscle and joint pain
- Elevated liver enzyme levels in the blood (a symptom of liver damage)
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