Girardi | Keese

Further recalls made in the hepatitis A contamination case

By the time we first reported on the hepatitis A contamination of the Townsend Farms-brand frozen berry mix the defective product had already been linked to 34 cases.  Thought to have been because of contaminated pomegranate seeds from the Middle East, the food-safety recall soon sparked several lawsuits, which we reported on earlier last month.

Now, in continuing efforts to stop the contaminated seeds from infecting more consumers, another recall has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for specific lots of Woodstock Frozen Pomegranate Kernels which were sold in stores across San Diego County.  Although the FDA has not confirmed whether these seeds have been infected with the food-borne illness, health investigators have reason to believe that they could be linked to the imported seeds that were part of the Townsend Farms mix.

In this most recent case, the seeds are thought to have been imported from Turkey, forcing the FDA to recently announce that it would be detaining all shipments of pomegranate seeds from this country until it can be determined whether the shipments are safe for human consumption or not. 

Although it does not appear at this time that anyone has become ill as a result of eating the recently recalled product, the FDA has issued the recall as a precaution.  It’s probably a welcome relief to many people here in California who may recall how many people fell ill as a result of the Townsend Farms contamination.  Sources indicate that 127 cases were linked to the tainted seeds, 15 of which occurred here in our very own San Diego County. 

Consumers are urged this time to throw out any product believed to have been contaminated so as to mitigate the harmful effects this dangerous product has had on the nation.

Source: NBC San Diego News, "Recalled Pomegranate Product May Be Tied to Hep. A Outbreak," Monica Garske, June 29, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

DISCLAIMER: Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result. Any testimonials and endorsements at this site do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter or potential legal matter.


The Soto Verdict

Girardi | Keese attorneys have won a $2.3M verdict for a Long Beach resident run over by a Parks & Rec truck. Read more here.

The Madero Verdict

Attorney Christopher T. Aumais persuaded a San Bernardino County jury to deliver an  exceptionally high verdict in an area known for low jury awards.

A Champion of Justice

Partner Amy Fisch Solomon was a Champion of Justice in 2015, proving that success in law isn't just about the size of your verdict or settlement.

Own a VW Diesel?

Read about VW's emissions scandal and 
our class action against the automaker.


Learn About Our Referral Network Read More

Our Attorneys

Meet our award-winning team Read More


The true measure of a lawyer isn’t the awards, but what the awards say about the lawyer: dedication and commitment to the client.

Super Lawyers Distinguished AV | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability American Association For Justice Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys California Supreme Court Icon 7 Icon Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms 2014 | U.S. News American Board of Trial Advocates Law Dragon America's Top 100 Attorneys | Lifetime Achievement Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Review Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2017