An outbreak of acute hepatitis A infecting 30 people and hospitalizing nine has been linked to a frozen fruit mix most commonly used in smoothies. The outbreak has been reported in five western states, including California and Arizona. The fruit mix was sold exclusively at Costco, who has since removed the product from its stores.
According to Center for Disease Control (CDC) interviews, 11 of 17 people remembered eating Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries and pomegranate seeds. The outbreak itself was traced to the pomegranate seeds originating in Turkey.
Acute hepatitis A is a very contagious infection. It can be spread by contaminated food or water and also by infected persons. The infection affects the liver, causing a decrease in liver function. Severe cases can cause permanent liver damage, liver failure, and even death. Frequent hand washing is recommended to avoid spreading the disease.
If you or a loved one has developed a case of hepatitis A after eating the recalled frozen fruit mix from Costco or coming into contact with someone who has, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at (800) 333-0000. You may be entitled to compensation.