Hepatitis A outbreak: FDA to detain import of Turkish firm's pomegranate seeds

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it will detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company when offered for import because of a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to a frozen-food blend containing pomegranate seed mix.

The FDA says the action follows an investigation by its officials and those with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local health authorities.

The FDA and CDC have determined that the most likely vehicle for the hepatitis A virus appears to be a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company, Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading.

Products linked to the outbreak have already been recalled.

More than 100 people in eight states are reported to have been made ill by the frozen-food blend.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports 22 cases of hepatitis A in Colorado. All 22 are suspected to be linked to frozen berries.


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