Hepatitis A outbreak includes 12 Colorado cases

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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado health officials say the state is home to 12 of the 49 hepatitis A illnesses that have been reported in seven states since late April.

The Colorado health department said Tuesday the Colorado cases were reported in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso and Jefferson counties.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A illnesses also have been reported in New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah.

The illnesses have been linked to a frozen berry mix sold by Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that Townsend Farms is recalling its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend.

The frozen berries, seeds and other antioxidant-rich finger foods were sold at Cosco in three-pound bags and have the UPC 0 78414 404448, which can be found on the back of the package with the words “BEST BY” followed by a seven-digit code. The recalled codes are will appear between T012415 and T053115, sequentially, and be followed by a letter.

The blend was also sold at Harris Teeter stores from April 19 until May 7, 2013, as Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend in 10-ounce bags with the UPC 0 72036 70463 4. These packages are also labeled with Lot Codes T041613E and T0401613C, and a “BEST BY” code of 101614.

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