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Pomegranate seeds recalled for potential hepatitis A contamination

GENEVA – Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Ore., announced Thursday it is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases (61,092 eight-ounce bags) of Woodstock Foods’ frozen organic pomegranate seeds.

Based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an illness outbreak, the seeds have the potential to be contaminated with hepatitis A virus.

No illnesses are currently associated with the seeds, and product testing to date shows no presence of hepatitis A virus in the seeds, according to a news release from the Kane County Health Department.

The organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey.

The following lots are subject to this recall:

• 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.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus, including from food. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months.

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