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Agency says 1,200 Canadians bought berry mix linked to hepatitis outbreak

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OTTAWA - The Public Health Agency of Canada says about 1,200 Canadians bought a blend of frozen berries linked to a hepatitis A outbreak in the United States.

It says the consumers, most of whom live in British Columbia and Alberta, bought the product from U.S. Costco stores in West Coast states.

The product, Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix, was not sold in Canada. Its Orgeon producer has recalled the mix, also sold under the name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend.

In the U.S., the outbreak has made more than 80 people ill in several western and southwestern states.

No cases linked to the product have been reported in Canada and PHAC says risk to people in Canada is low at this time. But it is urging consumers not to eat the product.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can cause illness ranging from mild and lasting a few weeks to severe and lasting several months.

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