Posted: Jun 3, 2013 2:40 PM by KBZK
BOZEMAN - Health officials say a frozen berry blend could be linked to a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak.
People are being instructed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to eat Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend and discard any remaining product from your freezers.
The berries were sold at Costco, according to the Gallatin County Health Department. A call to the Bozeman Costco confirms that the berry blend was sold at the Bozeman store, but the product was pulled from shelves on Thursday, May 30.
The CDC is instructing retailers to not sell the product.
The CDC offers the following tips for consumers:
- Even if some of the product has been eaten without anyone in your home becoming ill, the rest of the product should be discarded
- 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 been vaccinated, 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 your health department. You can find health department contact information at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/international/relres.html
- If you have already received the Hepatitis A vaccination in the past, you are unlikely to become ill with the disease
Contact your health care provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms:
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Abdominal pain
- Pale stools
- Dark urine
- You can prevent cross-contamination in food preparation areas by thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water, and disinfect counters, cutting boards, and cooking utensils after use
- Wash your hands thoroughly right after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing, serving, or eating food.