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Numerous organizations are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to frozen shredded coconut in which 25 people have been sickened in nine states. Six of those sickened have been hospitalized.
Evershing International Trading Company of San Jose, CA, has implemented a recall of all 16-ounce packages of Coconut Tree-brand frozen shredded coconut. The product was distributed in California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington, and was redistributed to Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The outbreak is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and public health and regulatory officials in several states.
According to the CDC, the outbreak began last May. Those sickened range in age from 1 year to 82, with a median age of 19. Among the ill, 19 (76 percent) are male. No deaths have been reported.
Frozen shredded coconut: Salmonellosis
Frozen shredded coconut that is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria produces an illness called Salmonellosis. Salmonellosis affects the intestinal tract and can develop anywhere from 12 hours to three days after eating contaminated frozen shredded coconut. Symptoms, which can last up to a week, generally include:
- abdominal pain
Most people recover without treatment, but sometimes diarrhea can become so severe that hospitalization is required. People most at risk for complications are young children, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those with weakened immune systems.
Complications occur when the Salmonella bacteria enter the bloodstream. Those complications can produce conditions such as:
- Meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
- Endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s inner lining.
- Osteomyelitis, or bone inflammation.
- Reactive arthritis, which is also known as Reiter’s syndrome, a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in response to a Salmonella infection in another part of the body.