Elderberries Recalled in 20 States Over Potential Salmonella Concerns
Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc. issued a voluntary recall for their Natural Grocers Brand 4-ounce Organic Whole Elderberries. In a statement from the FDA, the recall came after the product initially tested negative for salmonella, but was then discovered to have a potential presence of the organism.
According to the FDA, salmonella “can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The product was distributed in clear plastic bags weighing 4 ounces with the Natural Grocers label. The bags have a UPC Code of 000082003043 and the following “packed on” dates:
The elderberries were distributed across 159 Natural Grocers stores in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
If you have any questions, you can contact customer service at 303-986-4600, ext. 80801, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MST).