Berries from Costco are now being recalled over Hepatitis A fears

Berries from Costco are now being recalled over Hepatitis A fears

Costco is recalling products with frozen blackberries due to a possible Hepatitis A contamination.

More specifically, four-pound bags of Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend (manufactured by Townsend Farms) with best by dates ranging from February 16, 2020, to May 4, 2020, are being recalled - according to a retailer announcement posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website earlier this week.

"Townsend Farms has notified Costco that a recent FDA test indicated that a domestic conventional frozen blackberry product manufactured by Townsend Farms, may be contaminated with Hepatitis A," the statement reads.

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"Townsend Farms used the domestic conventional frozen blackberry to manufacture the Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend product with best by dates between Feb. 16, 2020, and May 4, 2020. Costco only sold the product in stores located in San Diego and Los Angles, California, and Hawaii."

The FDA also stressed that no product manufactured for Costco by Townsend Farms was tested positive for Hepatitis A. The recall has instead been conducted out of "an abundance of caution."

Those who do have the frozen berry-based product at home are being urged not to eat the berries and instead to return it to the store for a refund.

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Hepatitis A is an infection caused by the contraction of Hepatovirus A, which can in rare cases turn out to be fatal.

Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, fever, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea and jaundice.

If you notice any of these, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.