Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels Recall

 BALTIMORE (July 3, 2013) – The Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon, has voluntarily recalled 5,091 cases of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Information gathered during investigations by state public health departments, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicates that these pomegranate kernels have the potential to be contaminated with hepatitis A virus.

 

The kernels were part of a shipment from Turkey, and were also used as an ingredient in previously recalled products. Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels have been distributed to retail stores in Maryland.

Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels are sold in eight-ounce (227 gram) re-sealable plastic pouches with a 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
C 0490 (A,B, or C) 109 with a best by date of 04/19/2015

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and local county health departments are working to verify that the product has been removed from retail stores. Consumers who have purchased this product should discard it.

Symptoms of acute hepatitis A infection include: yellow skin or eyes (jaundice), abdominal pain, pale stools, diarrhea, dark urine, and fever. Symptoms usually appear within 28 days after infection. About half of the adults who catch hepatitis A get sick, and usually feel ill for about 2 weeks (sometimes longer). Only a few children get sick when they catch hepatitis A, but all people who catch the virus can spread it to others. Those who have recently been exposed to hepatitis A virus may be able to receive a medication or vaccination to prevent illness. Anyone with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.

On average, there are about 50 cases of acute symptomatic hepatitis A infections per year in Maryland residents. More information about hepatitis A can be found at the DHMH website:
http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/IDEHASharedDocuments/hepa.pdf .

The full details of the product recall can be found at:
Website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm358740.htm

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