Hepatitis warning for smoothies made by Groovy Greens and smoothies sold at Sweet Pea Restaurant

Smoothies may contain recalled berry mix

DENVER - State health officials are warning smoothie drinkers in Colorado that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

Smoothies made for the Groovy Greens smoothie delivery service and at the Sweet Pea Restaurant in Steamboat Springs may have contained a recently recalled Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry mix.

"The recalled Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry mix product has been identified as the source of an outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the western United States, with at least 118 cases identified so far," said Lisa Miller, state epidemiologist.

So far, no Hepatitis cases have been reported from these two restaurants, state officials said. However, 22 cases have been identified in Colorado residents.

The Sweet Pea Restaurant may have used the recalled mix in its a "Berry Blast" smoothie sold between May 24 and June 8.

Groovy Greens smoothie delivery service, serving the Boulder and Longmont area, may have used the mix in smoothies sold between April 15 and May 31.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection. Symptoms include fatigue, stomach pain, jaundice, dark urine and clay-colored stool.

If you think you may have been exposed, contact your doctor about a vaccination.

A vaccination clinic will be held at the Steamboat Springs Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Suite 101, 940 Central Park (970-879-1632), on Thursday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Groovy Greens customers who do not have a healthcare provider may contact Boulder County Public Health at 303-413-7500.