Frozen fruit may be a dangerous product for Colorado residents

Costco and Harris Teeter have had to issue a recall of one of its frozen fruit products due to health concerns. The berry-blend has been flagged as a dangerous product due to one of its ingredients. Colorado residents that may have purchased the product at either store may need to know the following information.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the affected products are sold under the names Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend in the 3 three pound bag, and Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend in the 10 ounce bag. The products were sold at Harris Teeter between April 19 and May 7 of this year. Specific information regarding the lot numbers and other information needed in order to correctly identify the products that are subject to the recall should be available by contacting either the FDA, Costco or Harris Teeter.

Pomegranate seeds in the frozen fruit products were processed in Turkey and have been linked to an outbreak of Hepatitis A, but not in this country. There are, however, approximately 34 cases here in the United States that are being investigated as possibly linked to the products that are the subject of the recall. So far, the liver disease has not been found in the product, but in an abundance of caution, the products are being recalled.

If caught within the first two weeks of exposure to a dangerous product, the Hepatitis A vaccine has been known to prevent the illness. However, if not caught in time, the illness can last somewhere in the neighborhood of five week to several months. In some rare cases, it can lead to liver failure. Anyone in Colorado who believes they have contracted Hepatitis A from this product has the right to file a products liability claim against the parties that manufactured, distributed and sold the product.

Source: The Tennessean, "Berry-blend product sold by Costco, Harris Teeter recalled due to Hepatitis A concern," Tom Wilemon, June 6, 2013

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