Ore.-based Townsend Farms expands berry recall

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)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Multnomah County company that recalled its frozen berry and pomegranate product is expanding its recall following an outbreak of hepatitis A.

Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., reports it is now recalling its 3-pound bags of “Organic Antioxidant Blend.” Executives said the move is out of an “abundance of caution.”

On June 29, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined the most likely vehicle for the hepatitis A virus appeared to be a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from the Turkish company, Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading.

As of Thursday, 127 people in eight states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin — were reported to have been exposed to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, the FDA said. Those reported ill in Wisconsin were exposed to the product in California, according to the Associated Press.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its plans to detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from the Turkish company when they are offered for import into the U.S.

– The Associated Press contributed information used in this KOIN.com report.

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