Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Dried Coconut

PUBLISHED: Mar 23, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Medical Office

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 Typhimurium infections.

As of March 20, 2018, 13 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 8 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Case Count Map page, a link to which provided below. Three hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that dried coconut is the likely source of this multistate outbreak.

The CDC recommends people not eat recalled International Harvest, Inc. brand Organic Go Smile! Raw Coconut, Go Smiles Dried Coconut Raw, or recalled Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles Organic. Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Retailers should not sell or serve recalled dried coconut products. Additionally, CDC recommends the following:

  • Even if some of the recalled dried coconut was eaten or served and no one got sick, throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. Put it in a sealed bag in the trash so that children, pets, and other animals can’t eat it.
  • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators and freezers where recalled coconut was stored.
  • If you aren’t sure if your dried coconut was recalled, do not eat it and throw it away.

This investigation is ongoing and StayAlert! will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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