New case of contaminated coconut discovered in California

Adding to the long list of frozen coconuts products that have been recalled for potential salmonella contamination, Global Commodities Corporation of Hayward, California, has announced they are recalling their Buenas Brand frozen grated coconut.

The coconut product has been shipped to a number of retail locations throughout northern California. Shipments date back to February 2018. The potentially contaminated frozen grated coconut that is being recalled is being sold under the Buenas Brand and can be identified by UPC 4806514650443, lot number 10BAAGA. The product is sold in 16-ounce plastic bags and is a product of the Phillipines.

The State of California Department of Public Health discovered the salmonella contamination after investigating reports of illnesses linked to the frozen grated coconut. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been made aware of the recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Consumers who have purchased Buenas Brand frozen grated coconut since February 2018 should not eat the product that may be potentially contaminated by salmonella. The coconut should be disposed of properly or returned to the store of purchase.

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