An Australian woman lost her life after eating a frozen pomegranate that doctors later discovered was contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. The company that produced them was aware of the contamination and, two months ago, issued a mass recall on all products. However, it takes between 15 and 20 days for the symptoms to become visible. When the woman started exhibiting them, it was already too late.
The company recalled all contaminated frozen pomegranates
A 64-year-old woman from Australia wanted to have a nice treat and bought a pack of frozen pomegranate arils from Creative Gourmet. Unfortunately, the products from this line turned out to be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. As soon as the company found out, it issued a major recall on all the affected products.
All stores and supermarkets removed the frozen pomegranate arils from their shelves, but people had already had time to buy them. Therefore, everyone had to check their freezers several times and make sure they threw away anything contaminated.
The woman must have suffered liver failure
Unfortunately, there is one bad thing about hepatitis A. It takes people between 15 and 20 days to exhibit any symptoms, so it’s hard to spot an infection at the beginning. Since the recall in April, the woman developed symptoms only later, and doctors could do nothing at that time.
The case was extremely unfortunate, since people usually recover from hepatitis A. Therefore, the woman’s case was the only death coming from the recall of the frozen pomegranates. Most likely, the infection had led to liver failure, which usually affects one in 250 people with hepatitis A.
In April, Creative Gourmet sold 2,000 packs of frozen pomegranate arils, but recalled only 226 of them. Only these frozen products were dangerous, so buying fresh pomegranates should be a safe alternative. However, just in case you fear a hepatitis A infection, here are a few symptoms. They include fever, appetite loss, yellowing skin, pale fecal matter, and dark urine.
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