Consumers Advised to Avoid Townsend Farms Organic Berries Associated With Hepatitis A Outbreak

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On Friday the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health announced a multi-state investigation concerning an outbreak of Hepatitis A, potentially associated with “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend” (frozen berry mix). The Long Beach Health Department advises consumers and residents to avoid eating this product, which at this time is only known to have been sold and distributed at Costco. There have been a few confirmed cases in California, but none currently in Long Beach.

Please follow the following consumer tips:

1. Do not eat ‘Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend’ and discard any remaining product from your freezers.

  • Even if some of the product has been eaten without anyone in your home becoming ill, the rest of the product should be discarded.

2. Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to the contaminated product.

  • If you consumed this product in the last two weeks and have never received a Hepatitis A vaccine, contact your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated.
  • If you don’t have a health care provider (usually your doctor) contact the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at 562.570.4302.
  • If you have already received the Hepatitis A vaccination in the past, or if you have actually had Hepatitis A, you are unlikely to become ill with the disease.

3. Contact your health care provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms:

  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pale stools
  • Dark urine

4. Wash your hands thoroughly right after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing, serving, or eating food.

For more information, please log onto www.longbeach.gov/health, or contact the Long Beach Health Department at 562.570.4302.

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