Burbank Man Latest Person To Sue Costco After Allegedly Contracting Hepatitis A From Frozen Berries
BURBANK (CBSLA.com) —A 52-year-old man has become the latest person to sue Costco after allegedly contracting hepatitis A from frozen berries he purchased at the warehouse chain’s Burbank store.
Attorney Ron Simon said Greg Patterson also named Townsend Farms Corp., the makers of the organic antioxidant berries, as a defendant. It’s the fifth lawsuit filed in California by Simon’s firm over the outbreak.
Patterson reportedly got sick after he consumed the Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend berries. He tested positive for hepatitis A in mid-May.
Patterson is still receiving medical treatment, has lost 20 pounds and missed a month of work, according to Simon.
The berries, which have since been removed from Costco stores, have been linked to more than 100 hepatitis A cases in eight states, according to federal health authorities.
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