The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an investigation into a salmonella outbreak linked to “Coconut Smiles” from Natural Grocers, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado, firm whose products tested positive for the same strain of salmonella bacteria as the patients who fell ill, according to the FDA.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.
Update: FDA Names Retailers Who Received Salmonella-Tainted Coconut
April 2, 2018 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday identified 16 retail locations that were supplied with potentially contaminated bulk dried coconut. This updated information is in addition to previous information identifying recalled packaged products. A complete list of products being recalled and retailers who received these items can be found in the FDA Safety Alert.
Natural Grocers Suspends Production as Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Organic Coconut
March 23, 2018 – The FDA, CDC, and several states and local officials are continuing to investigate a spate of Salmonella Typhimurium illnesses linked to dried coconut. CDC reports a total of 13 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, across 8 states: California (5), Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon (2), Texas, and Utah. Three people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.
What’s the problem?
A total of at least 6 salmonella illnesses have been reported in connection with Natural Grocers coconut, according to the company’s recall notice, as the FDA identified the same strain of the bacterium in samples of the coconut as in the sick patients. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a sample taken by the FDA tested positive for salmonella, the agency said.
Recalled coconut was distributed to 145 Natural Grocers stores located in the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. You can find specific locations of the Natural Grocers stores that received the affected products at https://www.naturalgrocers.com/storelocations/store-directory/.
Salmonella is a common foodborne bacterium that causes severe and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly, and individual with weakened immune systems from condition like diabetes, cancer, and HIV. Signs and symptoms of salmonellosis include:
- Abdominal pain
If you purchased coconut smiles from a Natural Grocers store and are now experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call a doctor right away.
How was the Contamination Discovered?
“The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some packages,” Natural Grocers said in the press release. “The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a sample taken by the Food and Drug Administration was positive for Salmonella. Consumers who may have purchased this product should return it to the store for credit or refund.”
How Can Recalled Coconut be Identified?
Affected products can be identified by looking for the following label information:
- The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 10 ounces;
- The “Natural Grocers” brand is on the label;
- All packages with packed-on dates prior to “18-075” are subject to recall;
- The packed-on date can be found in the bottom left corner of the label;
- UPC number 8034810.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a food poisoning lawsuit, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your salmonella infection, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the firm(s) accountable for releasing an allegedly tainted food product into the marketplace, and to discourage other companies from doing the same.
Do I have a Coconut Smiles Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got salmonella from coconut products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.