Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Oregon berry farm; no cases reported in Washington

ASSOCIATED PRESS AND TRI-CITY HERALD STAFFJune 3, 2013 

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company.

The FDA and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that 30 illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, which contains pomegranate seed mix. Illnesses were reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California.

Several of those who fell ill reported buying the berry mix at Costco, according to CDC. A Costco spokesman said the company has removed the product from stores and is attempting to contact members who purchased the product in recent months.

No cases linked to the berries have been reported in Washington, but the berries were sold in Costco stores throughout the state, said the Washington State Department of Health in a news release.

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