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Organic elderberries recalled over salmonella concerns

Consumers that recently purchased organic elderberries from Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc. should be aware that a voluntary recall has been issued for them. The recall is due to the potential presence of salmonella. The organic elderberries were sold under the brand name “Natural Grocers” and came in 4 ounce varieties.


Recalled Products:

UPC Code - 000082003043

Organic Whole Elderberries 4 oz

Packaged Dates - 20-216, 20-225, 20-246, 20-265, & 20-281


Salmonella poisoning as most of us know by now can lead to very minor illnesses or sometimes death. Death can occur in the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Even if you’re healthy, salmonella can result in diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. As of the time of this posting, no illnesses or injuries have been reported.

The elderberries in question were delivered to more than 150 Natural Grocers stores in 20 states. Initially, Natural Grocers believed that the elderberries were found to contain salmonella in error. However, their supplier contacted them to let them know of a potential issue, so the decision was made to recall them. The recall is being made “out of an abundance of caution”. 

To read the full FDA recall click here: