Scenic Fruit Company Recalls Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels Over Potential Health Risks

Pomegranate_Kernels_RecallScenic Fruit Company is recalling 5,091 cases of its Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A total of 61,092 eight-ounce bags of the product are involved in the recall.

The recall comes as an ongoing epidemiological and trace back investigation is being conducted by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) over an illness outbreak. The pomegranate kernels have the potential to be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

No illnesses are currently associated with Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels and recent product testing does not reveal the presence of the hepatitis A virus in Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels.

The organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey and 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 distributed the recalled pomegranate kernels to retail stores in other states.

The recalled Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels are sold in eight-ounce (227- gram) re-sealable plastic pouches that bear UPC 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

 

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus, including from food. The virus can range in intensity from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15-50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and pale stool.

The hepatitis A vaccination may prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to a contaminated food product. In rare cases, particularly in people who have a pre-existing severe illness or who are immune compromised, hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure.

People who may have consumed Scenic Fruit Company’s recalled Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate. People exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately.

More information about the outbreak is available at the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html. The CDC may also be reached by telephone, toll-free, at 1.800.CDC.INFO (1.800.232.4636); TTY: 1.888.232.6348. The Scenic Fruit Company may be reached, toll-free at 1.877.927.3434, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or by email to info@scenicfruit.com.

Consumers in possession of the recalled Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels are advised to not consume the product. The recalled Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels should be disposed of immediately; please keep proof of product purchase.

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