I am sure everyone has now heard about the Hepatitis A outbreak from the frozen Townsend Farms berry mix sold at Costco locations around the US. If you have missed the story somehow, you can check out my blog post about it last week. I thought I would give a bit of an update on the situation.
There are now 87 cases of illness across eight states according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The CDC has confirmed cases in Arizona, California Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington all linked to the Townsend Farms berry mix sold at Costco. Townsend Farms issued a recall of the berry mix sold at Costco, as well as a frozen berry mix that they produce for Harris Teeter stores. The Harris Teeter berry mix is sold under the store’s brand and so far has not been linked to any of the illnesses. Costco has contacted 250,000 members who purchased the berry mix.
Hepatitis A is an infection liver disease, however, vaccination can prevent people from actually becoming ill if the vaccine is administered within two weeks of coming into contact with the berries. Costco has started a Hepatitis A vaccine program through the Costco Pharmacies. They will provide a free vaccine for any members that may have eaten the berries within the last two weeks. Costco is also offering to reimburse any members that have already gotten a vaccine outside of the store.
If you have this berry mix in your freezer, please DO NOT EAT IT! Take it back to Costco for a refund. If you have already eaten some of the berries, please go get the free vaccine at Costco. It is much better to be safe and healthy, than to have a Hepatitis A infection. Your liver will thank you!
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