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Natural Grocers Issues Recall on Coconut Smiles Organic Due to Salmonella

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2018

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Consumers

Customer Service
303-986-4600, ext. 80531

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Amber Dutra
adutra@naturalgrocers.com
303-986-4600

Announcement

Lakewood, Colo. (Mar. 17, 2018) – Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado-based natural grocery chain, is recalling Natural Grocers brand 10-ounce Coconut Smiles Organic due to the risk of Salmonella contamination, 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.

The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 10 ounces and bears the “Natural Grocers” label. All packages with packed-on dates prior to 18-075 (Mar. 16, 2018) are subject to recall. The packed-on date can be found in the bottom left-hand corner of the label.

This recall is being initiated as a result of FDA's laboratory analysis, which identified Salmonella in the product. We are working in cooperation with FDA to determine the root cause of the problem.

Production of the product has been suspended while the Food and Drug Administration and the company continue their investigation into the source of the problem.

UPC CodeDescriptionPacked on date
8034810Coconut Smiles OrganicALL PACK DATES PRIOR TO 18-075 (Mar. 16, 2018)

The recalled product was distributed to 145 Natural Grocers stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Consumers can find the specific locations of the Natural Grocers stores in those states at: https://www.naturalgrocers.com/storelocations/store-directory/.

Six illnesses have been reported by individuals who ate Coconut Smiles Organic purchased from Natural Grocers. Consumers who may have purchased this product should return it to the store for credit or refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Customer Service at 303-986-4600, ext. 80531, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST).

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Coconut Smiles Organic Label

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