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Recall of Pomegranate Kernels

Last Updated on Thursday, June 27, 2013. First published on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Pomegranate Kernels june 2013Product has possible link to Hepatitis A outbreak

Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon has issued a recall of 5,091 cases (61,092 eight ounce bags) of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of an outbreak, the kernels have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.

No illnesses are currently associated with Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. The organic pomegranates were imported from Turkey.

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

Products were shipped from February 2013 through May 2013 to distribution centers in 12 states, including California.

Consumers with the product should not consume the product. The product should be disposed of immediately. Please keep proof of product purchase.

For questions or more information, contact the Scenic Fruit Company at 877-927-3434 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT.

Persons who may have consumed the affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their health care provider.

Symptoms of hepatitis A virus infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes). Symptoms develop two to six weeks after consuming contaminated food or drink and can last from one week to several months.

Most people recover completely, but sometimes hepatitis A can lead to hospitalization and severe illness. It is very important if you have symptoms like this that you do not go to work, especially if you work in food service, health care, or child care.

For more details see the CDPH fact sheet: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/CDCHepAGeneralFactSheet.pdf

For more information on hepatitis A, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/advice-consumers.html


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Karen Smith