Customers are being cautioned not to eat Creative Gourmet Frozen Pomegranate Arils and a national recall has been issued after NSW Health identified a potential link between the product and multiple cases of hepatitis A.

It is the third time in three years the Creative Gourmet brand has been forced to advise customers to return products following similar hepatitis A scares over mixed frozen berries in 2015 and 2017.

The recall is for all 180g packets of Creative Gourmet Frozen Pomegranate Arils with a best before date up to and including March 21 2020.

The Entyce Food Ingredients product is sold only in Coles supermarkets and the recall comes after NSW Health last night discovered a unique strain of hepatitis A in patients who had consumed the frozen pomegranates.

No direct link between the product and the disease has been established at this stage but Entyce has asked customers to return the frozen pomegranates as a precautionary step.

“All product tested to date has been cleared and has not revealed a link to hepatitis A but the health and safety of our consumers is of paramount importance,” an Entyce spokesperson said.

“Consumers can be confident that the recalled product Creative Gourmet Frozen Pomegranate Arils 180g is an isolated one and no other Creative Gourmet products are affected.

“The recall affects less than one per cent of the Creative Gourmet fruit sold annually in Australia.”

Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver that is usually contracted through contact with food or objects contaminated with the faeces of an infected person.

Symptoms include fever, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine and jaundice and may last for several weeks, although full recovery usually occurs.

The recalled frozen pomegranates can be returned to their place of purchase for a full refund.

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