Food Safety

Health Nut Factory Recalls Organic Coconut Smiles Because Of Possible Health Risk

 March 29, 2018


Healthy Nut Factory of Bayside, NY is recalling 7 oz. Pouches of Organic Coconut Smiles because it has 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.

Product was distributed and sold at retail stores in New York City and Long Island. The Health Nut Factory Brand ORGANIC COCONUT SMILES 7 OZ, are packaged in green rice paper pouches, UPC Code: 8 13449 02099 3. The expiration date 6/1/2018, is found on the back of the pouch.

No illness have been reported to date related to the Health Nut Factory Brand Product. The FDA is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to dried coconut. Testing by the FDA has confirmed that Salmonella, matching the outbreak strain, was found in a retail package distributed by our supplier, International Harvest.

The recall was initiated after we were notified by our distributor that product with expiration date 6/1/2018 purchased on 8/21/2018 might contain Salmonella. We have ceased production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers that have purchased the Organic Coconut Smiles from August 22, 2018 through November 20, 2018 in 7 oz. pouches should return unused product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Healthy Nut Factory at 718-224-5096 or, Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:00pm.

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