Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

FDA Recalls Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) today announced a statewide voluntary recall of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of an illness outbreak, the kernels have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.

No illnesses are currently associated with Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels and product testing to date shows no presence of Hepatitis A virus in Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. 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 organic pomegranates are imported from Turkey.

The product are sold in eight-ounce (227 gram) resealable plastic pouches with UPC Code 0 42563 01628 9, and were shipped from February 2013 through May 2013. 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

An expanded produce description and images of packaging is available at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm358740.htm

UDAF food safety inspectors have contacted stores in Utah that received the product as a recall effectiveness check and report the retail outlets have responded to the recall and have removed product from their shelves. Consumers who purchased any of the product are advised to discard the product, or return it to the store.

Utah stores involved in the recall are: Harvest Moon Health Foods in Layton, Good Earth Natural Foods in Riverdale, Good Earth Natural Foods in American Fork, Good Earth Natural Foods in Sandy, Good Earth Natural Foods in Orem, Good Earth Natural Foods in Provo, Davis Food and Drug #4 in La Verkin, Sunshine Nutrition in Cedar City, and Vitamin Cottage in Washington.

Persons who may have consumed affected product should consult with their health care professional or local health department to determine if a vaccination is appropriate, and consumers with symptoms of hepatitis A should contact their health care professionals or the local health department immediately. Consumers with the product should not consume the product. The product should be disposed of immediately. Please keep proof of product purchase.

In a separate case, the Utah Department of Health has identified three Hepatitis A cases associated with an earlier national outbreak involving pomegranate kernels.

Utah Public Health has identified three confirmed cases of hepatitis A infection associated with consumption of a contaminated product sold in Costco stores. One additional case is under investigation.

The contaminated food has been identified as Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend frozen berry mix that contained pomegranate seeds and other produce from the U.S., Argentina, Chile and Turkey.

A June 4, 2013 UDOH news release expands on this recall.

Contact Rebecca L. Ward, UDOH at: (o) 801-538-6682 (c) 801-647-5421