2019 Blackberry Recall Update

Blackberries

On December 3rd, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), had released a statement that linked fresh blackberries sold at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market to a hepatitis outbreak across multiple midwestern states.

On December 10th, the FDA and CDC updated the illness count to 18. The most recent illness was discovered on November 15th. The states that illness have occurred in included Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The people who have been affected by the illnesses have purchased blackberries from either Fresh Thyme Farmers Market or Woodman’s Market. The second market mentioned is in Wisconsin and Illinois. The investigation is still on going, so more updates will be on the way.

It is being recommended that consumers should not be eating fresh blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market if they were bought between September 9th and September 30th, 2019. The same date applies to the berries purchased from Woodman’s Market. If the berries were bought and frozen for later consumption, they should be thrown away as well. There is a possibility that people have already consumed the contaminated berries, they should contact a health professional to determine of further actions need to be taken.

For more information on the update go to: https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-hepatitis-potentially-linked-fresh-conventional-blackberries-fresh-thyme?utm_campaign=Outbreak_Update_Blackberries_12102019&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

For information on the original recall go to our article at: https://ag.purdue.edu/foodsci/Fenglab/2019/11/27/november-2019-blackberry-recall-update/

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