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Townsend Farms Limited Lot Voluntary Frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend Recall Information

This page contains the most recent Press Release regarding the voluntary recall. For additional information concerning the limited Frozen Organic Antioxidant product subject to the  recall please contact the Townsend Farms Corporate office at 1.503.666.1780 prompt 8 or send an e-mail to

For information TO FILE A CLAIM related to the recalled product, please call 1-800-628-0250, ext. 6064.

IMPORTANT: if you have filed a claim with COSTCO regarding the recalled product, DO NOT refile your claim here. Duplicating claim will only delay the process.

Press Releases


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The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores under the product name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, 3 lb. bag and UPC 0 78414 404448. The recalled codes are located on the back of the package with the words “BEST BY”; followed by the code T012415 sequentially through T053115, followed by a letter. All of these letter designations are included in this recall for the lot codes listed above. Click on the product to the right to view full packaging details.


The product was also sold at Harris Teeter stores from April 19 until May 7, 2013, under the product name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, 10 oz. bag UPC 0 72036 70463 4. The correct “Lot” and “best by” codes are as follows: Lot Codes T041613E, T041613C and a “BEST BY” code of 101614. Photos of packaging are attached. Click on the product to the right to view full packaging details.

Townsend Farms is implementing this voluntary recall after learning that one of the ingredients of the frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, pomegranate seeds processed in Turkey, may be linked to an illness outbreak outside of the United States. Thirty-four cases of Hepatitis A are being investigated to date in the U.S.; all are recovering. At this time, Hepatitis A has not been found in the product, but Townsend Farms is taking this precautionary action in consultation with the FDA, as the investigation continues.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus, including from food. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool. Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food. In rare cases, particularly consumers who have a pre- existing severe illness or are immune compromised, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.

Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately. Consumers with the product should not consume the product. The product should be disposed of immediately. Please keep proof of product purchase.

TOWNSEND FARMS INC. is committed to producing the highest quality products, and is a certified Safety Quality Food facility. Townsend Farms, Inc. follows industry Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and sanitation procedures to ensure that its food products are safely handled and processed.

For questions or more information:
Townsend Farms Customer Service Representative by phone or e-mail at 1-800-875-5291;
Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT to respond to inquiries.

Thank you so much from The Townsend Farm Family.
Mike Townsend, President Townsend Farms, Inc.
Margaret Townsend, Vice President Townsend Farms, Inc.