Woodstock Pomegranate Kernel Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Scenic Fruit Company recalls 5,091 cases (61,092 eight ounce bags) of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels due to Hepatitis A hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/mrdCt

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm358740.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports following foods are subject to this recall:

Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels sold in eight-ounce (227 gram) resealable plastic pouches with a 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:Pomegranate Kernels

  • 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.

According to the FDA, the recalled Pomegranate Kernels were shipped from February 2013 through May 2013 in various states and then onwards through retail distribution.

About Hepatitis A:
Hepatitis A is a serious contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus (“HAV”). Disease symptoms can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. All HAV infections require medical attention and possible in-patient hospital treatment. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the feces (or stool) of an infected person.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A typically manifest themselves within 15 to 50 days of exposure and can include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of some body tissues including the “whites” of the eyes), abnormal liver tests, dark urine and pale stool.

Hepatitis A is a human-based disease and typically occurs when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hygiene. In rare cases, particularly in patients with pre-existing severe illnesses or compromised immune systems, HAV infection can progress to full-blown liver failure and death. Persons with underlying liver conditions should be vaccinated as soon as possible by an MD or other health care professional and appropriate symptom relief and other treatment modalities applied.

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