Nov 4, 2020
Supplier concern prompts organic elderberries recall
Stephen Kloosterman

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado-based retail store chain, voluntarily recalled an organic elderberries product after being notified by its supplier of the potential presence of salmonella bacteria.

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The company Oct. 29 announced a recall of Natural Grocers Brand four-ounce Organic Whole Elderberries, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website.

To date, the company has received no reports of illness or injury but is acting out of an abundance of caution to voluntarily recall any of the potentially affected product in the marketplace, according to the announcement.

“After initially certifying that this product had tested negative for salmonella and was fit for human consumption, our supplier subsequently notified the company of the potential presence of salmonella in specific lots of organic elderberries,” according to the announcement.

Consumers who may have purchased this product were advised to discontinue use immediately and discard or return the product for credit or refund. The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 4-ounces and bearing the “Natural Grocers” label. Only packages bearing the following pack dates are being recalled at this time: 20-216, 20-225, 20-246, 20-265, & 20-281.

The product was distributed to 159 Natural Grocers stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to the announcement.

Stephen Kloosterman is the managing editor of Organic Grower magazine.

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