Class action filed against maker of tainted berry mix

Published On: Jun 12 2013 02:13:33 PM HST
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 05:42:42 PM HST
Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend
HONOLULU -

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Hawaii against the maker of a frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix that led to at least four cases of hepatitis A in the islands.

The Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend bought at Costco has been the cause of a hepatitis A outbreak with at least 87 cases in eight states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The product was recalled.

A married couple from Maui is filing the class action lawsuit.  Click here to see the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Jenabe and Motoko Caldwell bought the product at the Kahului Costco store on April 13.

The lawsuit alleges liability, negligence and breach of warranties against Townsend Farms, Inc. based in Oregon.

State health officials say one person on the Big Island did not eat the specific product that was recalled, but ate a Townsend berry product.

Early symptoms of hepatitis A can include fatigue, diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain that may not show up until weeks after getting infected.

Costco announced it will offer free vaccinations to customers who purchased the recalled product.

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