Death Linked To Pomegranate Recall
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
South Australians are reminded to dispose of 180g Creative Gourmet frozen pomegranate arils, following the death of a 64-year-old woman who contracted hepatitis A linked to the national recall.
SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips, said the case has been referred to the Coroner.
“This is a rare and tragic case and I offer my sincere condolences to the woman’s family,” Professor Phillips said.
“The majority of people infected with hepatitis A recover fully and the woman’s death is the only death linked to this recalled product nationally to date.
“The incubation period for hepatitis A is generally 15-50 days, so we don’t anticipate further cases because the product was recalled two months ago.
“While we expect most people would have disposed of the recalled product, we urge everyone to double-check freezers and remove any affected products.
“Fresh pomegranate and frozen Australian-grown pomegranate products are not affected.”
On 7 April, SA Health issued advice to the public following the owner of Creative Gourmet, Entyce Food Ingredients, initiating a precautionary recall of the product because of a link to a hepatitis A outbreak in New South Wales.
SA Health issued a reminder to the community about the recall on 8 May.
There have been 24 cases of hepatitis A nationally linked to the recalled product, including two cases in South Australia.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, vomiting, fever, yellowing of the skin, dark urine and pale stools, and the infection can take from 15 to 50 days to develop.
If symptoms appear, people who have eaten Creative Gourmet frozen pomegranate from Coles should consult their doctor as early as possible.
Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.
For more information on the Creative Gourmet recall, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/foodsafety.