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Scenic Fruit recalls pomegranate kernels over hepatitis fears

Staff writer |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that Scenic Fruit Company is recalling 5,091 cases of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels over Hepatitis A fears.




Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases (61,092 eight ounce bags) based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of an illness outbreak. They found that the kernels have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.

No illnesses are currently associated with Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels and product testing to date shows no presence of Hepatitis A virus in Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. The company’s decision to voluntarily recall products is made from an abundance of caution in response to an ongoing outbreak investigation by the FDA and CDC. The organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey.

Products were shipped from February 2013 through May 2013 to UNFI distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington State. UNFI distribution centers may have further distributed products to retail stores in other states.

Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels are sold in eight-ounce (227 gram) resealable plastic pouches with UPC Code 0 42563 01628 9. Specific coding information to identify the product can be found on the back portion of these pouches below the zip-lock seal.

The following lots are subject to this recall: C 0129 (A,B, or C) 035 with a best by date of 02/04/2015; C 0388 (A,B, or C) 087 with a best by date of 03/28/2015; and C 0490 (A,B, or C) 109 with a best by date of 04/19/2015.

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.

Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department, 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.