Nevada resident files lawsuit against berry producer linked to hepatitis A

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Updated: 6/13/2013 6:30 pm
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A Nevada resident filed a class action lawsuit against Townsend Farms, the company whose “Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend” frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix has been identified as the source of a hepatitis A outbreak among residents of several Western states.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of named plaintiff Thomas Fiore and all other Nevada residents who received a hepatitis A vaccination or immune globulin injection after eating the Townsend Farms frozen berry blend. Also included in the lawsuit is anyone who required testing for hepatitis A after consuming the Townsend Farms product.

According to the complaint, Fiore purchased Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix at a Costco store in Clark County, Nevada in May. After learning that the frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix had been identified as the source of a hepatitis A outbreak, Thomas received a dose of hepatitis A vaccine to prevent hepatitis A infection. The hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin administered prophylactically can prevent or reduce the symptoms of hepatitis A infection if given within 14 days of exposure.

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.

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