COCA Now: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut

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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut

Salmonella

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut is the likely source of this multistate outbreak. This investigation is ongoing.

As of January 12, 2018, 25 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- (24 people) or Salmonella Newport (1 person) have been reported from 9 states.

The frozen shredded coconut linked to this outbreak was used as an ingredient in Asian-style dessert drinks served at restaurants. The product was also sold in grocery stores and markets in several states. Frozen shredded coconut can last for several months if kept frozen and may still be in retail stores or in people’s homes.

CDC recommends that retailers not sell, restaurants not serve, and consumers not eat recalled Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut.

  • The recalled product was packaged in 16-ounce plastic bags labeled as Coconut Tree Brand Shredded Coconut.
  • When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve it. Throw it out.
  • Wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in freezers or refrigerators where frozen shredded coconut was stored.

This investigation is ongoing and we will provide updates when they are available.

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Read the entire press release here.