Public health officials are warning consumers about a contaminated product sold in Harris Teeter stores in North Carolina.
A multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A is linked to a frozen berry mix called Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 49 cases of the outbreak have been linked to consumption of the product in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii and California. Most of the people with symptoms reported consuming the Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix that were purchased at Costco markets.
North Carolina Costco stores have not yet received the product. However, it was sold in Harris Teeter grocery stores in North Carolina and 5 other states, including Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
No cases have been reported in North Carolina.
The manufacturer has issued a voluntary recall for the product. Harris Teeter has removed the product from its frozen cases. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) urges consumers to discard the product. Anyone exposed to the frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix in the last two weeks should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and consideration for vaccination. If the contaminated product has been consumed, symptoms may not show until approximately 28 days later. Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, vomiting, jaundice (yellow eyes or skin), abdominal pain, pale stools, or dark urine.
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