Frozen pomegranates linked to seven cases of Hepatitis A has prompted a community warning from NSW Health amid a “precautionary” product recall.
NSW Health and the NSW Food Authority are working with Entyce Food Ingredients Pty Ltd on a precautionary recall of its Creative Gourmet branded frozen pomegranates sold at Coles supermarkets, after seven local cases were identified last Friday.
“This outbreak appears to be linked to imported frozen product. Fresh pomegranate has not been implicated, nor have Australian grown frozen pomegranate products,” NSW Food Authority CEO Lisa Szabo said.
“Consumers with this product in their freezers should not consume it and should return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.”
NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said symptoms of hepatitis A take from 15 to 50 days to develop.
“It is caused by a virus that spreads in contaminated food or through poor hygiene. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fever and yellowing of the skin, dark urine and pale stools,” she said.
“In most people the symptoms resolve after a few weeks with supportive treatment, mainly rest and fluids.
“People who have eaten the frozen pomegranate should consult their local doctor as early as possible should symptoms appear.
“Those who have consumed the product in the past two weeks may benefit from hepatitis A vaccination, if not already protected.
“If you are unsure if you have been vaccinated in the past it is safe to be revaccinated. Please check with your doctor.”
Those affected by the current outbreak are based in Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong.
In 2018 there have been nine locally acquired cases of hepatitis A in NSW.
Full details of the recall are available on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.