If you got Salmonella from coconut smiles sold at a Natural Grocers grocery store, you may have a lawsuit for compensation. To date, at least 6 people have laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella food poisoning linked to the coconut smiles.
Natural Grocers grocery stores are owned by Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado company. The company recalled Natural Grocers brand 10-ounce Coconut Smiles Organic, stating that the reason was the “potential to be contaminated with Salmonella” bacteria.
As a case in point as to the potential damage that can be done by this pathogen, this month we won a $6.5 million verdict in a case involving a child who suffered severe brain damage from food contaminated with Salmonella. The bacteria initially multiplied in the little one’s colon and then traveled to the brain. This case involved a meat processor, not Natural Grocers.
Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles Recall Information
Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets recalled organic coconut smiles with a UPC code of 8034810. Only packages with pack dates prior to 18-075 are subject to the recall. The packed-on date can be found in the bottom left-hand corner of the label. These coconut smiles were packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 10 ounces, and they have a “Natural Grocers” label.
The recalled coconut smiles were 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. You can go to the following web page to find the specific locations of the Natural Grocers stores in those states at https://www.naturalgrocers.com/storelocations/store-directory/.
According to the recall announcement:
“The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some packages. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a sample of taken by the Food and Drug Administration tested positive for Salmonella.”