Scenic Fruit Co. recalls product because of hepatitis A outbreak

06/27/2013 06:33:00 PM
Coral Beach

Courtesy Scenic Fruit Co.Scenic Fruit Co. voluntarily recalled 61,000 bags of frozen pomegranate arils it imported from Turkey because of an ongoing investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak linked to another company's frozen pomegranate arils, also from Turkey.A Gresham, Ore., company is recalling more than 61,000 packages of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels because of a traceback investigation related to an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak.

No illnesses have been linked to the Woodstock brand product from Scenic Fruit Co., but company officials decided to initiate the voluntary recall out of an “abundance of caution,” according to a notice on the Food and Drug Administration website. The pomegranate arils were imported from Turkey.

Scenic shipped almost 5,100 cases of 8-ounce packages of the Woodstock brand pomegranate arils from February through May to distribution centers in a dozen states, according to the recall notice. The resealable plastic pouches have the universal price code 0 42563 01628 9 and “best by” dates in 2015. Three lots are involved: C 0129 (A, B, or C) 035; C 0388 (A, B, or C) 087; and C 0490 (A, B, or C) 109.

Distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington received the Woodstock product. It may have been sent to retail stores in additional states, according to the recall notice.

On May 31 the FDA issued a public warning and revealed the agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were investigating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend of mixed berries, which includes pomegranate arils from Turkey, because patients with hepatitis A reported eating the product.

As of June 27, FDA had not released test results on the Townsend product or its facilities.

The CDC’s June 26 update showed 122 people confirmed to have become ill after eating the Townsend product in eight states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin. The single case reported from Wisconsin was from exposure to the product in California.

Townsend shipped the frozen berry mix to 12 states. Costco stores and Harris Teeter stores that had the product pulled it from shelves and began notifying customers before the Townsend recall. No Harris Teeter customers have been confirmed as becoming ill after eating the product.



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