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Pomegranate Recalled After Fears Of Hepatitis A Infection

Seven cases of Hepatitis A in NSW has resulted in the recall of imported frozen Pomegranate packets believed to be responsible for the outbreak.

NSW Health issued a statement warning people who may have bought the product from Coles not to consume it after all seven people who contracted the infection across NSW had all eaten the fruit.

Entyce Food Ingredients have stated that the supplier Creative Gourmet Frozen Pomegranate (180g) with a best before date up to and including March 21, 2020 is the brand of frozen pomegranate that has been involved in the outbreak.

The company has since released a statement assuring customers that their health and safety is their number one priority.

“Consumers can be confident that the recalled product Creative Gourmet Frozen Pomegranate Arils 180g is an isolated one and no other Creative Gourmet products are affected,” read the statement. “The recall affects less than one per cent of the Creative Gourmet fruit sold annually in Australia.”

Coles has also issued an apology to any customers who may be affected. “Customers can return the product to Coles supermarkets for a full refund,” said a Coles spokesman in a statement. “Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.”

Symptoms of Hepatitis A can include things like nausea, vomiting, fever and a yellowing of skin. In most cases, symptoms can take up to 50 days to appear.

The patients who are currently impacted by the Hep A outbreak are based in Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast and genetic testing has revealed that they have been infected with a unique strain of the illness.

No Australian-grown pomegranates frozen or fresh have been affected by the outbreak. Health authorities are now investigating with interstate counterparts to work out if the fruit has been been a factor in any case of Hepatitis A elsewhere.

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