Fruit-related hepatitis A outbreak spreads
June 11th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
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A hepatitis A outbreak linked to a frozen fruit mix commonly used in smoothies has grown over the past week, from 34 to 87 reported cases, health officials said.

The cases have been reported in eight states, up from five: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Thirty-six people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

Townsend Farms recalled bags of its Organic Antioxidant Blend this month. The suspected fruit mix was sent to Costco and Harris Teeter stores, the CDC says.

Health authorities have evaluated 68 of the 87 reported cases. Forty-six people reported eating the fruit mix, all of whom bought it from Costco, according to the CDC.

Read - Hepatitis A cases rising; frozen fruit suspected

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. RichardHead

    As of today, 06/18/2013 there are now 118 confirmed cases. To the CNN Staffer that posted this....Thanks for doing the Homework. I Hope no one passes away....

    June 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  2. applpy

    Reblogged this on Thought + Food.

    June 12, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  3. Jerv

    And what was it that RicH was on about the other day?

    June 12, 2013 at 7:46 am |
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