Product recall: Frozen pomegranate kernels

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An Oregon company is recalling product that may be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases of 8-ounce bags of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels, distributed in Washington and other states. Based on an ongoing investigation by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an illness outbreak, the kernels have been determined to have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.

The disease can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Symptoms generally occur within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the product and testing to date shows no presence of Hepatitis A virus in Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels.

However, the company decided to voluntarily recall products as a precaution in response to an ongoing outbreak investigation by federal officials. The organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey.

Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels are sold in eight-ounce 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. For specific lot information, go to www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm358740.htm?source=govdelivery.

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.

People who may have eaten the kernels should consult with a health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate.

For more information about the outbreak go to www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index or call 800-232-4636.

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