What's the Problem?
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) , this recall affects:
- Org Whole Elderberries 4 oz -- UPC Code 000082003043 -- Packed on Dates 20-216, 20-225, 20-246, 20-265 & 20-281
These products are packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 4 ounces and bearing the “Natural Grocers” label.
The recalled elderberries were distributed to 159 Natural Grocers stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
This recall was initiated after Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets was notified by its supplier of the potential presence of salmonella in the above lots of organic elderberries.
If you purchased any elderberries that are affected by this recall, you should not eat them, and either throw them away or return them to the point of purchase for a refund.
Anyone concerned about a potential salmonella infection from recalled elderberries should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
This recall began on November 2, 2020.
Researchers Discover How Salmonella Infects Berries Before Harvest
Scientists in India have discovered how salmonella bacteria can enter berries and other plants to cause pre-harvest contamination of produce.
Most salmonella outbreaks have been associated with contamination from post-harvest handling and transportation; however, salmonella can also enter the plant earlier via contaminated soil. Salmonella can reach the soil from manure containing animal feces or tainted irrigation water.
The study from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru looked at tomato plants and was published in the journal BMC Plant Biology.
The study's authors found that salmonella enters through a gap created when a lateral root branches out from the plant’s main root and that the bacteria can penetrate the deeper layer of the root. This is different from other disease-causing bacteria which enter the root, fruit, or leaf by producing enzymes to break down the plant’s cell wall. Salmonella is incapable of using cellulose or pectin, so invasion by degrading the cell wall of the plant is impossible.
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Do I Have an Elderberry Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Elderberry Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one had symptoms of food poisoning after eating recalled elderberry products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.