Pomegranate Kernels Sold in Rigby Recalled Over Hepatitis Scare

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Updated: 7/01/2013 9:05 am
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 contamination.

People who purchased this product should not eat it, but should dispose of it immediately and keep proof of purchase.

The recalled product was shipped during February to May 2013, to a small number of retail stores in Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Lewiston, Eagle, Meridian, Ketchum, and Rigby.

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.

Anyone who ate any of the Woodstock product within the past 14 days that hasn't been vaccinated against hepatitis A should contact their health care provider. 

And those who ate the product and have these symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately for evaluation:

· Yellow eyes or skin
· Abdominal pain
· Pale stools
· Dark urine

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.
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