Coconut recalls continue with Health Nut Factory announcement
A multi-state outbreak of salmonella contamination has been traced to a number of dried coconut products. The latest to be recalled is a product that was distributed and sold at retail stores in New York City and Long Island. Health Nut Factory of Bayside, NY, has announced that it is recalling 7 oz. pouches of Organic Coconut Smiles because of potential salmonella contamination.
The 7 oz Organic Coconut Smiles recalled by the Health Nut Factory are packaged in green rice paper pouches. They can be identified by the UPC code 8 13449 02099 3. Their expiration date of 6/1/2018 can be found on the back of each pouch.
Salmonella was confirmed by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) test. The salmonella matched the outbreak strain that has been found in other dried coconut products across the country. International Harvest has been identified as the supplier. Production and distribution of the Coconut Smiles product has been suspended while the FDA investigates the cause of the contamination.
Salmonella is an organism that 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.