Costco recalls organic berry mix, suits filed

Costco recalls organic berry mix, suits filed

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Costco recalls organic berry mix, suits filed

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by SARA ROTH, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 4 at 7:51 AM

PORTLAND —Two lawsuits were filed against Townsend Farms, the Fairview, Ore. farm linked to a hepatitis A outbreak.

One was filed on behalf of a woman who contracted hepatitis A after eating Townsend Farms frozen berries, according to Suzanne Schreck, communications manager at Marler Clark, LLC.

She said the second lawsuit was filed on behalf of the other individuals who received hepatitis A vaccinations after being exposed to the virus because they ate the frozen berry blend.

“Consumers of frozen berries should not have to worry about their safety,” said William Marler, attorney for the plaintiffs.

Background: Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Fairview farm

On Friday, health officials said about 30 cases of hepatitis A, reported in five states, had been linked to the Oregon farm. The illnesses appeared to be associated with pomegranate seeds in the Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend sold at Costco stores.

On Friday, the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment encouraged people who had eaten the berry blend in the past two weeks to get vaccinated against hepatitis A.

Costco Wholesale was notifying its members who purchased the frozen berry products of their potential exposure to the virus. The berry blend has been recalled by the company.

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