Our law firm is investigating a recall of shredded coconut and a Salmonella food poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 25 people in 9 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Washington.. The outbreak investigation started in Boston, Massachusetts, with a case associated consuming an Asian-style dessert drink at a restaurant. If you were sickened, you can contact our Salmonella lawyers at 1-888-377-8900 (toll-free).
Evershing International Trading Company Issues Frozen Shredded Coconut Recall due to Salmonella Risk
Evershing International Trading Company issued a recall of the following product: 16 ounces Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut (Item number 331223, UPC 05216-44081). This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, according to a company announcement published on the FDA website.
The recalled frozen shredded coconut was distributed in the following states: Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, and Texas. The product is packaged in 16 ounces plastic bags.
According to the FDA, “This is a complete recall of ALL Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut currently on the market.. Therefore, any customer that purchased this product from January 3, 2017 through January 3, 2018, should return the product to place of purchase for full refund.”
A recall lawsuit can seek compensation for pain and suffering, hospital bills, lost wages, and other harm. If complications, such as Salmonella meningitis, develop, the amount of money obtained in a settlement should take those complications into account.
Boston Salmonella Case Leads to Recall
The potential Salmonella contamination of the frozen shredded coconut was discovered by testing performed by the State of Massachusetts.
Disease investigators at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) traced a rare strain of Salmonella to frozen shredded coconut while investigating a single case of Salmonella. The investigation focused on one Boston restaurant. As part of the investigation, health officials collected samples of various food products used as ingredients from this restaurant and interviewed people who fell ill.
“Those food samples were brought back to the State Public Health Laboratory for testing, which confirmed that one of the samples, an unopened package of raw frozen coconut meat, was positive for Salmonella.”Massachusetts Department of Public Health
DPH shared the lab results with the FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ultimately led to the decision by the distributor, Evershing International Trading Company, to announce the recall of all lots of frozen shredded coconut sold between Jan. 3, 2017 and Jan. 3, 2018.
Staff from the following DPH departments were involved in the investigation: the Food Protection Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health; the State Public Health Laboratory and the Epidemiology Program, housed in the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. The Boston Public Health Commission, an independent health department.
This investigation is ongoing. Depending on the evidence found, there may be grounds for a lawsuit against the Boston restaurant associated with the Salmonella case and a food company.
Recent Salmonella Outbreaks
At least 27 people were sickened in a Salmonella outbreak associated with eating at a Burger King restaurant in Bemidji, Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The outbreak happened in September of 2017, and a few cases happened in November of that year.
In August of 2017, at least 14 people contracted Salmonella food poisoning after eating at Best BBQ on 1648 West 115th Street in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood. Six of these customers were so severely sickened that they had to be hospitalized.
In 2017, there were four separate Salmonella outbreaks linked to Maradol papayas imported from Mexico. As with the current outbreak, some of these cases were associated with eating at a restaurant.