The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling various brands of coconut products due to what it says is a risk of salmonella contamination.
The recall, which was issued on Thursday, applies to products sold in BC, although the agency says it could “possibly” become a national recall.
The recall applies to the following products sold up to – and including – January 24:
- Green Field Frozen Shredded Young Coconut: 227 g – 7 12190 99714 4
- Captain’s Choice Shredded Coconut: 454 g – 8 934791 920105
- Captain’s Choice Shredded Young Coconut: 227 g – 8 934791 920112
- Coconut Tree Shredded Young Coconut: 227 g – 7 79139 06522 7
The agency says that recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
“Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick,” the agency added. “Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.”
Even people in good health may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
At this point, however, “there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product,” the agency said.