Food hazard alert

Townsend-Farms-Organic-Antioxidant-Blend-front-of-packageFood hazard notice: Almost 50 people are being treated for this Hepatitis A outbreak believed to be caused by pomegranate seeds in bags of frozen berries and fruit sold in Alaska (at Costco), said Randy Pfeuffer with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

The brand has been tracked down to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend berries.

Costco officials warned the public last week about the tainted fruit, which the warehouse-store chain had sold between late February and May.

Preliminary laboratory studies of specimens from two cases suggest the outbreak strain of hepatitis A virus (HAV) is genotype 1B. This strain is rarely seen in the Americas but circulates in the North Africa and Middle East regions.

More details will be shared as they become available.

View the press release here: http://www.thenorthernlight.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/13-32-Townsend-Farms-Blend-6-4-2013.pdf