Natural Grocers Organic Elderberries is Compelled to Issue a Recall Due to the Presence of Salmonella
Organic Elderberries from Natural Grocers have been recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. The specific product being recalled is Organic Whole Elderberries sold in 4 oz quantities with UPC code 000082003043 and “Packed on Dates” 20-216, 20-225, 20-246, 20-265, and 20-281. The recall was issued after the supplier notified the company that the organic elderberries had tested positive for Salmonella bacteria, after having originally testing negative for the food borne illness causing bacteria. The contaminated berries were shipped to several areas of the United States and sold in 159 Natural Grocers stores in the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
No illnesses have been reported as of date due to the product. Customers are urged to not consume the berries, rather dispose of them immediately or return them to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers can reach out to Natural Grocers regarding any questions over the outbreak at 303-986-4600, ext. 80801, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MST).
Symptoms of salmonellosis, the infection caused by Salmonella bacteria, include typical food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and cramping, though some have also reported nausea, vomiting, and a headache. According to the CDC, symptoms of a Salmonella infection typically begin 1 to 3 days after ingesting the bacteria, though some report symptoms as early as 6 hours and as late as 6 days after ingestion. The majority of people recover from the infection without treatment, though those with a severe infection may need a treatment of antibiotics. People with weakened immune system, the elderly, pregnant women, and children, are more at risk for a severe infection. Some patients may need to be hospitalized due to dehydration from excessive diarrhea or due to the severity of their gastroenteritis. If you believe you are suffering from Salmonella poisoning, contact your doctor for the best course of treatment.