September 21, 2019

Townsend Farms Expands Frozen Berry Blend Recall

Townsend Farms BerriesTownsend Farms is expanding its recall of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend that is linked to a hepatitis A outbreak in eight states. There is a “clear association” between the hepatitis A illness outbreak and one lot of organic pomegranate seeds used in the recalled product. The lot was imported from Turkey through Goknur and Purely Pomegranate, Inc. The product has been tested and the results to date have not detected hepatitis A.

The recalled product is a 3 pound bag with UPC number 0 78414 40444 8. The recall codes are on the back of the package with the words “BEST BY” followed by the code T122114 sequentially through T053115, followed by a letter. That means a “best by” date of 12/21/14 through 5/31/15. All letter designations are included in this recall.

Epidemiological evidence does not support an association between the illness outbreak and the four other berry products (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and dark cherry) in the Frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend which have been used in other Townsend Farms products, or any other fresh or frozen berry products produced by Townsend Farms, Inc. In addition, an inspection of the company’s fruit repacking operations found no evidence “linking either the Townsend Farms, Inc.’s repacking facility or any food handler who had possible contact with the product to hte source of the illness outbreak.”

This recall does not affect the Harris Teeter recall of their Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend.  If you have these products in your freezer, discard them and wash your hands thoroughly. If you touched or ate this product, contact your health care provider for advice. For questions or more information, contact Townsend Farms at 1-800-875-5291.

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