Calif. Man Sues Costco Over Hepatitis A Outbreak

By Christian Watjen
Christian Watjen
Christian Watjen
June 20, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES—A Burbank man has sued Costco, claiming he got hepatitis A from frozen berries that have been linked to illnesses in eight states.

City News Service says Greg Patterson’s lawsuit is at least the fifth filed in California against the store chain and Oregon-based Townsend Farms.

His attorney, Ron Simon, says Patterson contends he developed symptoms in May, lost 20 pounds, missed a month of work and is still receiving medical treatment.

Federal authorities say the Townsend Farms organic berry blend sold at Costco has been linked to more than 100 hepatitis A cases. No deaths have been reported.

Townsend recalled the mix. Costco pulled it from shelves last month and offered vaccinations to about 240,000 customers who bought it.

A call to Costco seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.