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Pomegranate kernels sold in Rigby recalled

BOISE, Idaho - A Gresham, Ore., company is voluntarily recalling 8-ounce bags of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegrante Kernels. Scenic Fruit Company said the kernels had the potential for Hepatitis A virus contamination.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, there are no illnesses associated with the recalled product and no tests have confirmed the presence of HAV.

Department authorities said the product was shipped between February and May to a small number of stores across the state, including Broulim's in Rigby.

Other stores were located in Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Lewiston, Eagle, Meridian and Ketchum.

People who bought the product should not eat it, but should dispose of it immediately and keep a proof of product purchase.

Consumers who ate any of the Woodstock product within the past 14 days and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A should contact a doctor or their local public health district. 

There is an ongoing investigation of HAV illnesses associated with a pomegranate kernel containing frozen berry blend distributed by Townsend Farms. That produce was recalled from Idaho Costco stores in early June. So far, there have been no Idaho illnesses related to that recall.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that usually occurs when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. Food contaminated with hepatitis A virus, as is suspected with the pomegranate kernels, can cause illness among people who eat or handle the food. Although hepatitis A can cause severe sickness, nearly all who get hepatitis A recover completely with no lasting liver damage.

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