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Hepatitis A Outbreak Snares Another Berry Seller

WASHINGTON — Another produce company has recalled frozen pomegranate seeds due to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, although as yet there is no evidence its products are contaminated.

Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Ore., voluntarily recalled over 5,000 cases of its Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels because the ongoing investigation by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the seeds have “the potential” to be contaminated.


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However, testing has not shown any evidence of hepatitis A in Scenic Fruit’s products, nor have any illnesses been reported.

The hepatitis A outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry mix has now sickened 122 people in eight states. The source of the pathogen is likely organic pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey, according to an FDA recall notice.

Scenic Fruit also imported its pomegranates from Turkey.

The company’s Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels were shipped to United Natural Foods Inc. distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington, and may have been sold to retailers in other states.

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