These Berries Are Being Recalled from 159 Natural Grocery Stores
A healthy grocery store chain based in Lakewood, Colo., is recalling a berry product after being notified by its supplier of potential salmonella contamination.
Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc. is recalling an in-house brand of elderberries from 159 of its Natural Grocers grocery store locations across Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. (Related: 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)
"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," reads the recall notice from Vitamin Cottage.
The Organic Whole Elderberries come in clear plastic 4-ounce pouches bearing the Natural Grocers logo. Only packages marked with the following pack dates are being recalled at this time: 20-216, 20-225, 20-246, 20-265, and 20-281.
The company says it's acting out of an abundance of caution, and it hasn't received any complaints of illness so far. If you purchased this product, you should discontinue use immediately and discard it. You may also return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
Elderberries, the dark purple berries of the European elder tree, are frequently used as a health supplement due to their high antioxidant levels. Consumers most commonly reach for them during cold and flu season—or any time they're looking to boost their immune system.
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