Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Issues Voluntary Recall For Various Chunks of Energy Products Because They Contain Organic Carob Powder From Ciranda, Inc., Which May Be Contaminated With Salmonella

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 29, 2014 - Lakewood, CO. Natural Grocers is issuing a voluntary recall of Chunks of Energy Carob Greens and Chunks of Energy Date / Flax/Tumeric because they contain organic carob powder from Ciranda, Inc., Hudson, WI 54016, which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that 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, 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 infection (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Products impacted by the recall include Natural Grocers bulk food brand labeled as follows:

CHUNKS OF ENERGY CAROB GREENSPacked On dates: 155-14, 167-14, 175-14

CHUNKS OF ENERGY DATE / FLAX /TUMERICPacked On dates: 125-14, 133-14, 147-14, 155-14, 170-14, 181-14

Packed On dates appear near the bottom of the label affixed to each bag.

These products were repackaged by Natural Grocers and sold in small bags in the refrigerated bulk foods section of the stores. A black and white printed label is affixed to each bag. The product was distributed only to Natural Grocers’s 84 stores located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Consumers can find the specific locations of Natural Grocers stores at: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the store where it was originally purchased for credit.

This precautionary action was taken because the products contain Carob Powder that was part of Ciranda Inc.’s Organic Carob powder recall. Ciranda Inc.’s Organic Carob powder was used as an ingredient in the Chunks of Energy products listed above.

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Customer Service at 303-986-4600, ext. 531 Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Mountain Standard Time or by using the web contact form at http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-info/contact-us.

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