In a follow-up to a recent recall notice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several state health departments announced investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections likely linked to Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut.
Twenty-five people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella I 4,,12:b:- or Salmonella Newport have been reported from nine states. Six ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
In addition, one more ill person infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,,12:b:- has been reported from Canada.
On January 3, 2018, Evershing International Trading Company recalled all 16 oz. Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut after Salmonella was identified in the product by officials in Massachusetts.
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.