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Pomegranate Seeds and Hepatitis

Pomegranate Seeds and Hepatitis: More Seeds Linked to Hepatitis A

There has been yet another food recall for possible hepatitis A contamination, and it once again involves frozen pomegranate seeds from a producer in Oregon.

You may recall that Townsend Farms, Inc. recalled some of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, a blend of berries and pomegranate seeds a few weeks ago. That blend led to a hepatitis A outbreak that sickened more than 130 people in eight states.

Now, Oregon-based Scenic Fruit Company has ordered a voluntary recall for more than 61,000 8-ounce bags of its of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the company of the possible contamination of the seeds, which came from a domestic supplier, but which ultimately were imported from Turkey, as were the Townsend Farms seeds.

So far, no illnesses have been reported in association with the latest recall, and to date, testing has failed to find any contamination. But the company decided to recall the product out of what they referred to as “an abundance of caution.”

Hepatitis A is a very contagious disease that affects the liver. Sickness can appear anytime from a couple of weeks to a few months after being exposed, and appear as a mild illness lasting a week or two, or a more serious one lasting months or more. Among the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A are cramps, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Those can also be accompanied by a low-grade fever, muscle pain, dark urine and jaundice, which yellows the eyes and skin.

The products subject to the recall were shipped between February and May of this year, and were distributed nationally, through distribution centers located in twelve states, including Texas.

The UPC code of the recalled packages is 42563 01628 9, and the lots subject to the recall are:

  • 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

Those who they have purchased this product should throw it away or take it back to the store for a full refund. Those who have consumed them should see a doctor, unless your vaccination for the hepatitis A virus is up to date. If not, the  vaccine can be effective within two weeks of exposure.

The Texas Food Poisoning Lawyer at Hill Law Firm has experience taking on cases of food borne illnesses. If you or a loved one has contracted an illness by food contamination, please contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, to preserve evidence, and your rights.

Food Poisoning, Personal Injury