The Number Infected With Hepatitis From The Frozen Berries Grows In The USA – Part 2 of 3
Twenty-two patients said they bought the result from Costco markets, but investigators are still trying to determine if the product was also sold at other stores besides Costco and Harris Teeter, the CDC said. Costco has removed the artifact from its shelves and is notifying members who purchased the product since late February 2013.
As of Tuesday, Harris Teeter Supermarkets has also voluntarily pulled the frozen consistent berry blend from its store shelves, the AP said. Preliminary laboratory analyses of specimens from two patients suggest the hepatitis A strain responsible for the outbreak is rare in North America but is bourgeois in Africa and the Middle East.
The strain was pinpointed as the cause of a recent hepatitis A outbreak in Europe linked to frozen berries and to a 2012 outbreak in British Columbia associated with a frozen berry grade with pomegranate seeds from Egypt, the CDC said. The label on the Townsend Farms product says it contains products from the United States, Argentina, Chile and Turkey.