Media statement: Hepatitis A linked to imported frozen pomegranate

7 April 2018

(Issued by Department of Agriculture)

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) are aware of hepatitis A concerns linked to frozen pomegranates imported from Egypt.

At least seven cases of hepatitis have been linked to this incident in NSW.

New South Wales is currently leading in managing this issue in NSW.

The department is also monitoring the reporting of suspected cases in the ACT, Queensland and Western Australia.

As a precautionary measure, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will commence 100 per cent inspection and testing of all imports of this product as quickly as possible.

This outbreak is linked to imported frozen product from Egypt. Fresh pomegranate has not been implicated, nor have Australian grown frozen pomegranate products.

Australia has a robust risk based system for screening imported foods to ensure they meet our high standards for food safety.

The safety of Australia’s food supply chain is of the utmost importance to the Australian Government.

The department will continue to closely monitor this situation in consultation with NSW authorities.

For further information contact your state health authorities or visit Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

We have been advised that affected products have been removed from shelves.