US to detain import of firm's pomegranate seeds

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 9:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it will detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company when offered for import because of a multistate 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.

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

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