Evershing International Trading Company is recalling 16 ounces Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut (Item number 331223, UPC 05216-44081) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, according to an Food and Drug Administration announcement last week.
This recall is limited to Lot SE07A1, but the lot number is only printed on the case.
The product is distributed in Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, and Texas.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Disease investigators at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) were responsible for tracing the rare strain of Salmonella to frozen shredded coconut.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune system. 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 in to the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
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. Customers may also contact Evershing International Trading Company at (408) 975-9660 during hours of operation, Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.