The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to detain shipments of imported pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company after linking them to a national outbreak of the hepatitis A virus (HAV), USA Today reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA have determined Goknur Foodstuff Import Export Trading as the most likely vehicle for the outbreak, which has infected 56 people so far in seven states and exposed more than 127. The food company Townsend Farms used the Turkish pomegranate seeds to make frozen berry Organic Antioxidant Blends, which have since been recalled at Costco stores across the country. CDC officials said the outbreak highlights the challenges to food safety posed by today’s global market.

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