A frozen fruit mix that may have been contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus has been recalled from Harris Teeter stores, including the one located on St. Simons Island.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalled Townsend Farms frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend last week after learning of the possible contamination.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.
Harris Teeter notified shoppers via voice blast using the phone number linked to the shopper's VIC customer card. All but a few consumers known to have purchased the product from the Harris Teeter store in St. Simons have been contacted. Any consumers who have this product still in their freezer should not eat it and discard it.
Anyone who has been exposed to the recalled product in the last two weeks should contact their health care provider or the Glynn County Health Department for evaluation and consideration for Hepatitis A vaccination. Those who have eaten the contaminated product may not begin to feel ill until about 28 days later.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, vomiting, jaundice (yellow eyes or skin), abdominal pain, pale stools, or dark urine. If you experience symptoms, you should contact your health care provider.
According to the FDA, the frozen berry and pomegranate mix was distributed to Harris Teeter stores from April 19 until May 7 under the product name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, 10 oz. bag UPC 0 72036 70463 4. The product was actually sold at Harris Teeter stores from April 20 until June 1. The correct "Lot" and "best by" codes are as follows: Lot Codes T041613E, T041613C and a "BEST BY" code of 101614.
Health officials said no reports of Hepatitis A in Georgia residents have been linked to the product at this time.
Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts, from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces or stool from an infected person. Frequent hand-washing, particularly after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing or eating food, helps prevent the spread of Hepatitis A.