Lakewood, CO, Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a Lakewood, Colo., based natural grocery chain, is recalling one lot of Natural Grocers brand Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix as the product contains macadamia nuts that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
This recall was initiated after being notified of positive Salmonella findings in product sampled by the FDA.
The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags with the following Natural Grocers label:
Packed on Date
Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix 10oz
The product was distributed to Natural Grocers’ 97 stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Consumers can find the specific locations of Natural Grocers stores at: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations.
Only packages bearing the Julian packed on dates listed above are subject to recall.
To date, the company has received no reports of illness. Consumers who may have purchased this product should return it to the store for credit or refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Customer Service at (303)-986-4600, ext. 531, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST).