Thirteen state recall of frozen coconuts linked to salmonella case in Boston
The Boston Public Health Commission, working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has identified a rare strain of salmonella in frozen coconuts. The coconuts have been distributed to thirteen states since January 2017. Evershing International Trading Company issued a voluntary recall of the frozen shredded coconut that was distributed in 16-ounce packages under the Coconut Tree brand name.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health shared the information about the rare strain of salmonella found in the coconut with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The FDA announced the recall, stating that all of the frozen coconut distributed during the past year has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
The Department of Public Health collected samples from a Boston restaurant after a case of salmonella was reported there. Using the results of the samples as well as interviews they conducted at the restaurant, the inspectors determined that the frozen raw coconut was responsible for the salmonella.
Consumers in Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, and Texas may be affected by the possible salmonella and the recall. There are no specific lot numbers associated with the package, as the lot numbers were only printed on the cases that contained the 16-ounce packages. The recall affects packages of Coconut Tree brand frozen shredded coconut that were distributed between January 3, 2017, and January 3, 2018.
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