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Tue June 4, 2013
Harris Teeter, Costco Recall Berry Product
Update: 6/4/13, 6:00 p.m.
Costco has joined Harris Teeter in the recall. See below for more information from the FDA.
(AP) - Harris Teeter has pulled a berry blend from its store shelves in light of an investigation into an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to the product. A statement from the store says Harris Teeter Organics Antioxidant Berry Blend supplied by Townsend Farms is being taken off the shelves because the Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to the product. Harris Teeter asks that customers discard the product or return it to the store for a full refund.
The following is from the Food and Drug Administration's website:
The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores under the product name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, 3 lb. bag and UPC 0 78414 404448. The recalled codes are located on the back of the package with the words “BEST BY”; followed by the code T012415 sequentially through T053115, followed by a letter. All of these letter designations are included in this recall for the lot codes listed above.
The product was also sold at Harris Teeter stores from April 19 until May 7, 2013, under the product name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, 10 oz. bag and UPC 0 72036 70463 4, with Lot Codes of T041613E or T0401613C and a “BEST BY” code of 101614.
As of June 4, 2013, 49 people infected with Hepatitis A have been reported from 7 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.
Through interviews with ill patients, the CDC has reported that 19 of 25 patients interviewed thus far recalled eating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend.