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Canadians Warned About Townsend Farms Hepatitis A Outbreak

Roughly 1,200 Canadians traveled to the U.S. and purchased Townsend Farms frozen berries at Costco, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The berries were not sold in Canada, but citizens of British Columbia and Alberta had traveled south and purchased the berries on shopping trips.

Approximately 240,000 people in the U.S. bought the berries, of which Costco and Townsend Farms has recalled 330,000 3 lb. bags.

No one in Canada has been found ill and Canadians are at little risk of illness, the health agency said.

Thus far, at least 87 people in the U.S. have fallen ill as part of the outbreak.

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  • RudeDirk_Pitt

    Food Safety News – Poor editing! Why would you put a photo of Fresh Pomegranate Arils under the headline of this story – trying to confuse the reader maybe!!! It is frozen mixed berries – Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries I believe. Come on, get the facts straight, even if the photo facts. That good reporting!! The fresh produce industry is tough enough without media confusing the issues further… Just saying

    • JAndrewsFSN

      Thanks for the comment — I understand the concern. We chose to run a photo of pomegranate seeds because the pomegranate seeds in the frozen berry mix were what was ultimately found to be the source of contamination. The reality is we are limited to the stock photo we can access, and sometimes the photo doesn’t fit perfectly. In previous stories on this outbreak, we’ve posted photos of frozen berry mixes that exclude pomegranate seeds but include things like strawberries and blueberries. As you can guess, readers also point out to us that those photos are misleading because they don’t include pomegranate seeds. Unfortunately, we don’t have access to any frozen berry mix photos that include pomegranate seeds, so we have to choose one imperfect photo over another.

      • RudeDirk_Pitt

        Thank you for the clarification. I must admit I was unaware the pomegranate seeds (arils) in the frozen berry mix were what was ultimately found to be the source of contamination. Keep up the good work!