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Local woman may be victim of frozen berries sold at Costco

Original post made on Jun 3, 2013

A 62-year-old woman from East Contra Costa County was hospitalized with hepatitis last month and has since recovered. The woman bought frozen berries from Costco that were the subject of a multi-state recall last week and her illness and probably connected to the berries.

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Posted by Siv
a resident of Danville
on Jun 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

Which Costco did she buy from?

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Posted by SS
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

Would be helpful if you posted a link to recall information.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

My understanding is that Townsend Farms was based out of Oregon, and the Eugene Costco was the epicenter for this outbreak.
I have to admit one thing though: I had no clue you could get Hep-A from a frozen food source like this.

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Posted by Pedal Power
a resident of Danville
on Jun 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

@SS - yes, links are handy but if you Google a topic yourself you will usually find out a lot more.
@Derek - me neither...I guess it is good to know, except it is getting really hard to know what you can eat, these days, given how pervasive GMOs, artificial sweeteners etc. have got. If you wish to feel even more paranoid about the food you are eating, this link may help: wwwDOTfoodsafetynewsDOTcom/sections/food-recalls/ Web Link

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jun 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

The frozen berries that were sold at Costco also contained some imported fruit so the company that sold them doesn't know exactly where the HEP A came from. Hep A is not usually life threatening and many adults over 50 have the antibody cause they were exposed before and don't know it. It comes from people preparing foods and not washing their hands. You can get it from uncooked seafood too. Washing your hands help stop the spread of many food borne diseases and washing your produce. I did buy some of the berries, ate them several times and returned them when I read about the outbreak.