A second frozen berry producer has recalled packages containing pomegranate seeds from Turkey over concerns the seeds could be contaminated with hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver infection, according to ABC News.
Scenic Fruit Company in Oregon recalled 61,092 8-ounce bags of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels shipped between February and May of this year.
ABC News reported:
“The company’s decision to voluntarily recall products is made from an abundance of caution in response to an ongoing outbreak investigation by the FDA and CDC.”
The second recall is a precautionary action, and, as of this recall, no one has become sick from eating the kernels nor have researchers found any evidence of hepatitis A contamination, according to a statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.
Recently, Townsend farms issued a press release stating that it was voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Organic Antioxidant Blend “out of an abundance of caution, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.”
ABC News stated that the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and state health departments are still investigating the outbreak.
“Townsend Farms voluntarily recalled the berry blend on June 4, and Costco pulled the berries from shelves and began notifying customers who bought them May 31, according to CDC and FDA news releases.”
Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety and quality assurance at Costco, which sold the Townsend Farms berries, said in early June:
“Townsend Farms has an excellent record. Their food safety program plant is very good. That was confirmed by the FDA inspection. They just went through a five-day FDA inspection.”
The berry recall isn’t the only one currently in the news. Just last week there was a large beef recall due to a potential presence of harmful E. coli bacteria, specifically E. coli O157:H7.
Hepatitis A is fatal to one in 200 patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is usually spread through person-to-person contact when an infected person does not properly wash his or her hands after using the bathroom.
It can also be spread through contaminated food, usually in countries with poor sanitation.
It is important that consumers stay updated on these recalls and practice healthy habbits in order to reduce their risk of becoming ill from contaminated foods such as the frozen berries and contaminated beef.
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