4 Utah hepatitis A cases linked to Ore. frozen berries

This handout image provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows the label of Harris Teeter's Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores. The Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states. (AP/FDA)
This handout image provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows the label of Harris Teeter's Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores. The Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states. (AP/FDA)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say they’ve identified four cases of hepatitis A in Utah as part of a regional outbreak linked to a frozen organic berry mix from a farm in Oregon.

Health officials in Salt Lake City say none of the victims were hospitalized, and all have recovered.

More than 60 cases have been identified in Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii.

The FDA says the illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, which contains pomegranate seed mix.

A Costco spokesman says the company has removed the product from stores and is contacting its members.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months. It is spread when a person ingests contaminated fecal matter, even in tiny amounts.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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