Amaranth grain recalled because of Salmonella contamination

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc. of Lakewood, CO, is recalling Natural Grocers® Brand 1-pound Organic Amaranth Grain because of potential Salmonella contamination. 

This recall was initiated when the company received a notification from its supplier of the potential presence of Salmonella in specific lots of Organic Amaranth.  

As of the posting of this recall, the company has received no reports of illness or injury.

The recalled product was distributed to 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.

Consumers can find the specific locations of Natural Grocers’ stores in those states at https://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-directory.

Recalled product:

  • The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags weighing 1-pound and bearing the “Natural Grocers” label. 
  • Only packages bearing the following pack dates are being recalled at this time: 22-102, 22-103, 22-130, and 22-194. 
  • The pack date can be found on the lower left-hand side of the label near the USDA Organic seal.
UPC Code Description Packed on Dates
000080125501 Organic Amaranth Grain 1 LB 22-102, 22-103, 22-130, and 22-194

As of the posting of this recall, the company has received no reports of illness or injury.

Consumers who may have purchased this product are advised to discontinue use immediately and discard or return the product for credit or a refund.

About Salmonella infections in humans
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has come in contact with any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.

(To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)