Maui couple sues over frozen berry mix linked to Hepatitis outbreak
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A Maui couple is suing over
the frozen berry mix linked to Hepatitis A cases in Hawaii and seven other
to the complaint, Jenabe and Motoko Caldwell purchased Townsend Farms Organic
Anti-Oxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix at a Costco store in
Kahului on April 13.
The Caldwell's say they were tested and vaccinated for the Hepatitis A because
they ate or were exposed to people who ate the product.
did an excellent job of notifying customers of their potential exposure to
hepatitis A and encouraging them to receive proper treatment to prevent
infection," said attorney William Marler.
noted that the class action lawsuit asks that all class members be compensated
for the cost of receiving a hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin injection
and hepatitis A testing in addition to time missed from work or other expenses
incurred due to exposure to the virus.
also asking Townsend Farms to reimburse public health agencies for the costs
associated with providing shot clinics and outbreak-related
investigations. Taxpayers should not be
held responsible for this company's sub-par food safety practices," Marler
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak
of hepatitis A has grown to 87 people.
The CDC said Tuesday that illnesses have been reported in Arizona,
California Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.
Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause fever, fatigue, loss of appetite,
abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes. Illness
usually occurs from two weeks to as long as 50 days after consumption of
contaminated food or water (e.g., prepared by an infected food handler who did
not properly wash their hands or from produce contaminated in the field).
Persons should seek medical attention immediately should they develop
"Hepatitis A infection is a vaccine preventable disease, and
fortunately, most children and adolescents have been vaccinated as part of
routine childhood vaccination recommendations," said Dr. Sarah Park, state
epidemiologist. "However, many adults have not been vaccinated and will be
Anyone who consumed the implicated product during the past month is
encouraged to consult their medical provider regarding vaccination. Most persons
with hepatitis A infection will recover without complications but may require
supportive therapy and close monitoring by their physician. All cases of
suspected hepatitis A infection should be reported to the Department of Health
by calling (808) 586-4586.
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