Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado-based grocery chain, is recalling Natural Grocers brand 10-ounce “Coconut Smiles Organic” over potential contamination with salmonella, a bacterium which causes severe illnesses in children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed a salmonella infection after eating coconut products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

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Update: FDA Names Retailers Who Received Salmonella-Tainted Coconut

April 2, 2018 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday identified 16 retail locations that were supplied with potentially contaminated bulk dried coconut. This updated information is in addition to previous information identifying recalled packaged products. A complete list of products being recalled and retailers who received these items can be found in the FDA Safety Alert.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to “Coconut Smiles”: FDA Warning

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday that at least 6 people had been sickened with salmonella infection (salmonellosis) after eating “Coconut Smiles Organic” purchased at Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets. Affected products are packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 10 ounces with the “Natural Grocers” label.

All packages with packed-on dates before 18-075 are subject to recall, FDA said. The packed-on date can be found on the bottom left-hand corner of the label. The UPC number on the product is 8034810, according to the recall notice.

What are the Symptoms of Salmonella Infection?

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

Treatment

Salmonella gastroenteritis is usually a self-limiting disease, meaning that most cases resolve on their own within a week or so without medical intervention. Fluid and electrolyte replacement may be indicated in severe cases. Because antibiotics do not appear to shorten the duration of symptoms and may actually prolong the duration of convalescent carriage, they are not routinely used to treat uncomplicated Salmonella gastroenteritis.

Where was the Recalled Coconut Shipped?

Natural Grocers distributed the recalled Coconut Smiles to grocers in the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Natural Grocers Suspends Production as Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Organic Coconut

March 23, 2018 – The FDA, CDC, and several states and local officials are continuing to investigate a spate of Salmonella Typhimurium illnesses linked to dried coconut. CDC reports a total of 13 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, across 8 states: California (5), Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon (2), Texas, and Utah. Three people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

Can I File a Coconut Salmonella Class Action?

Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles class action suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals who were diagnosed with salmonella after eating coconut products. While class action claims are beneficial in some cases, in this type of litigation it has been our experience that class members are often forced into low settlement agreements in exchange for rushing the cases through court, as well as higher attorney fees. Individual suits may take a little more time, but each client has much more control over his or her case, and is likely to be awarded significantly higher compensation in the event of a payout.

Do I Have a Coconut Smiles Class Action Lawsuit?

The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Coconut Smiled lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating coconut, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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