Recalled frozen berries sold in Hawaii may be linked to Hepatitis A

Recalled Berry Blend

The Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries from Costco has possibly spread to Hawaii.

The State Health Department said Sunday it is investigating two confirmed cases of Hepatitis A that may be linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend.

Both cases are adults, one on Oahu and the other on Kauai.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that 30 people in five states on the mainland got infected with Hepatitis A after eating the berry mix.

The berries were sold at Costco stores in Hawaii and was pulled from shelves on Wednesday.

“The product was pulled from their shelves in May, but people may still have the product in their freezers.  If they do have the product they should not consume it.  They should discard it or contact the store to return it.  If they have consumed the product they should contact their private physician,” Department of Health spokesperson Janice Okubo said.

Townsend Farms is based in Oregon, but the Centers for Disease Control says the mix linked to the outbreak contains pomegranate seeds from Turkey that are only used in the product associated with the outbreak.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease.

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