25 sickened in multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen coconut: 3 things to know

Federal and local regulatory officials are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella caused by contaminated Coconut Tree Brand frozen shredded coconut, according to an outbreak announcement published by the CDC Tuesday.

Here are three things to know.

1. The outbreak caused 25 infections across nine states as of Jan. 12. Six infected individuals were hospitalized. No deaths are associated with the outbreak. The earliest infections identified in the outbreak occurred in May of last year.

2. The states affected in the outbreak are California with nine cases; Pennsylvania with five cases; Washington with four cases; Massachusetts with two cases; and Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Oklahoma with one case each.

3. Evershing International Trading Company, the distributor of the shredded coconut, issued a recall on the contaminated product Jan. 3.

"Frozen shredded coconut can last for several months if kept frozen and may still be in retail stores or in people's homes," the said CDC Tuesday. "CDC recommends that retailers not sell, restaurants not serve, and consumers not eat recalled Coconut Tree Brand frozen shredded coconut."

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