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Natural Grocers Expands Recall on Organic Garlic Powder Due to Possible Health Risk


Customer Service
303-986-4600, ext. 531 

Jeremy Jones
(303) 986-4600 ext. 509

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 18, 2015 – Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a specialty retailer of organic and natural products, is expanding their recall of Natural Grocers brand Organic Garlic Powder to all lots as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Consumption of products containing Salmonella 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) endocarditic and arthritis.

This recall was initiated after being notified of positive Salmonella findings in product from our supplier, which was repackaged by us.

The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags with Natural Grocers label notating Julian pack on dates and pricing per pound. The product was produced in size ranges of 0.25 pound to 0.30 pound. The lots being recalled are identifiable by Julian packed on date and include:

61-15, 40-15, 20-15, 351-14, 006-15, 316-14, 329-14, 288-14, 301-14, 275-14, 267-14, 252-14, 237-14

The product was distributed to Natural Grocers’ 95 stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Consumers can find the specific locations of Natural Grocers stores at: icon.

Only packages bearing the Julian packed on dates listed above are subject to recall.

To date, the company has received no reports of illness. Consumers who may have purchased this product should discontinue use and return it to the store for credit or refund. 

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling:

Customer Service
303-986-4600, ext. 531 
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MST.



About Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC; naturalgrocers.comdisclaimer icon) is a rapidly expanding specialty retailer of organic and natural groceries, body care and dietary supplements. The company offers a flexible, small-store format, affordable prices and free science-based nutrition education programs to help customers make informed health and nutrition choices. Natural Grocers has over 2,000 employees and operates more than 90 stores in 16 states. Founded in Colorado in 1955, the company is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015.

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