Update on December 2019 Blackberry Recall
On December 3rd, 2019, there was a statement released from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a multi-state hepatitis outbreak. The outbreak occurred across the Midwest. The outbreak was suspected to be linked to fresh blackberries that could be purchased from the grocery store Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. At this time there were 16 illnesses that had been reported.
Another update was posted by the FDA on December 10th, 2019. This report had updated the illness count to 18 illnesses. The officials were still suspecting that the blackberries purchased from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market were the source of the infection.
The most recent update was posted on February 19th, 2020. The FDA stated that there were now 20 illness that had been reported from seven Midwest states. The FDA also stated that there was not a source of contamination that could be identified. Officials are still warning consumers to not eat the berries if they were purchased between September 9th and September 30th. If a consumer has eaten these berries, they should contact their local healthcare provider to be checked for illness.
If you have any health concerns, contact your local healthcare provider.