NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Friday, June 28, 2013
Public Information Officer
Pomegranate Kernels Recalled Due to Possible Hepatitis Contamination
No Idaho Illness Have Been Reported
Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon announced it is voluntarily recalling eight ounce bags of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels because of the potential for hepatitis A virus (HAV) contamination. People who purchased this product should not eat it, but should dispose of it immediately and keep proof of product purchase. Recalled product was shipped during February – May 2013 to a small number of retail stores in Moscow, Lewiston, Eagle, Meridian, Ketchum, and Rigby. This product may also have been included in prepared smoothies from a smoothie and tea bar in Moscow. (A complete list of Idaho retail outlets that received the recalled product is below.)
There are no illnesses currently associated with the recalled Scenic Fruit Company product and no tests have confirmed the presence of HAV in the Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. However, there is an ongoing investigation of HAV illnesses associated with a pomegranate kernel-containing frozen berry blend distributed by Townsend Farms that was recalled from Idaho Costco stores in early June. There have been no Idaho illnesses linked to this recall to date.
Consumers who ate any of the Woodstock product within the past 14 days and haven’t been vaccinated against hepatitis A should contact their health care provider or local public health district to consider vaccination or immune globulin (IG). Consumers who have consumed the product and have any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately for evaluation:
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that usually occurs when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. Food contaminated with hepatitis A virus, as is suspected with the pomegranate kernels, can cause illness among people who eat or handle the food. While hepatitis A can cause severe sickness, nearly all who get hepatitis A recover completely with no lasting liver damage.
See CDC webpage for up-to-date information on this outbreak: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html
The FDA announcement regarding the Scenic Farms product is located at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm358740.htm , and a link to the image of the product label http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm358741.htm
Idaho stores that may have sold Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. (This list was supplied by Scenic Fruit Company.)
Nourish Smoothie and Tea
206 S. Main St.
Vig’s Health Food
922 16th Ave.
Broulim’s Fresh Foods
150 N. State St.
451 4th St.
100 Main St.
Barnucopia Natural Food Market
316 State St.
2986 North Eagle Rd.