Costco brand frozen berries recalled for Hepatitis A contamination

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It’s a brand you may be familiar with, you may even have it in your freezer. The Costco brand of frozen berries is being recalled for possible Hepatitis A contamination.

The FDA says the contamination was discovered during an ongoing frozen berry sampling assignment. So far, no customer illnesses have been reported. Out of an abundance of caution, the manufacturing company is recalling some of its blackberry products even though none of its products for Costco tested positive for the virus.

The FDA says there’s a recall for Townsend Farms frozen berries. Townsend Farms is the supplier for Kirkland Signature Brand Three Berry Blend. The product is sold by Costco here in Hawaii and the batch in question has a best by date between February 16th and May 4th 2020.

The state tells us Hepatitis A is contagious and if food has been contaminated it should be thrown out. 

“Even though cooking can kill it, that’s not a recommendation because you don’t want to be opening the bag of frozen product that may be contaminated with Hepatitis A and now you are going to spread it all over while you try to prepare it,” said Peter Oshiro of the Department of Health.  

Peter Oshiro tells us because Costco is a membership-based wholesaler it usually notifies customers about recalls. 

“They would either send them an email or attempt the call them, so they are very good about that for getting word to their customers that to make sure to discard the items,” said Oshiro, “so even if it’s somebody that owns a smoothie store that buys all their product from Costco, they should be getting notified as well.”

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that generally occurs within 15 to 50 days after exposure. Symptoms may include yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, abdominal pain, nausea, and fatigue. 

Another brand that is impacted is Kroger frozen blackberry products. For more information, click here

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