Due To Possible Health Risk
Concord, NH – Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon today announced it is
voluntarily recalling 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 illness outbreak, 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.
No cases of Hepatitis A cases linked to this outbreak have been identified
in New Hampshire.
The following product was distributed to natural food stores in several
states, including in New Hampshire. Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels
are sold in eight-ounce (227 gram) re-sealable 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
“It is important that all consumers check their freezers for this product,”
said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS.
Consumers should not use the product. The product should be disposed of
immediately. Please keep proof of product purchase.
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. Symptoms include
fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine and
Hepatitis A vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of
exposure to a contaminated food. In rare cases, particularly in consumers
who have a pre- existing severe illness or are immune compromised,
Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.
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. Consumers with symptoms of Hepatitis A should
contact their health care professional or the local health department
For questions or more information, contact the Scenic Fruit Company at
877-927-3434 or email to email@example.com from Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT.
For more information about the outbreak, please visit the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention's Web site at
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html or call
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), TTY: (888) 232-6348.
Due To Possible Health Risk