WARNING: Frozen pomegranate recall due to hepatitis A

The frozen fruit brand, The Creative Gourmet, is under the spot light once again.

The brand’s 180g frozen pomegranate arils, were recalled in April after a hepatitis A outbreak in NSW following 11 linked hepatitis cases.

NOW, it has been reported that a South Australian woman has sadly died, after contracting hepatitis A from the Creative Gourmet pomegranate recalled range last Wednesday.

SA Health chief medical officer and chief public health officer Professor Paddy Phillips said, “While we expect most people would have disposed of the recalled product, we urge everyone to double-check freezers and remove any affected products.”

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Frozen pomegranate recall

There have been 24 cases of hepatitis A cases linked to the recalled product nationally, according to SA Health.

Professor Phillips said that around 2,000 packets of the fruit (grown in Egypt) were sold and in April and 226 packets were returned, but he believes many more were thrown away as instructed by health authorities.

“This is a rare and tragic case and I offer my sincere condolences to the woman’s family,” Professor Phillips said.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • yellowing of the skin
  • dark urine
  • pale stools

If symptoms appear, people who have eaten Creative Gourmet frozen pomegranate should consult their doctor as early as possible.

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