Sunday, May 6, 2012

Organic Cacao Nibs with E.coli O157:H7 Bacteria

So many "healthy" and "organic" foods unfortunately turn out to be unhealthy. Here's another: cacao nibs.

Don't know what they are? I have to confess - I didn't either. But apparently they are a crunchy snack food, high in anti-oxidants as well as other good things. At least some are imported from Ecuador and there are various brands. Even Amazon sells them.

FunFresh Foods, Inc. of San Clemente, California is recalling 6 ounce packages of FunFresh Foods™ World Berries™ Organic “Cacao Nibs” because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). Yes, that very dangerous bacterium that can give you bloody diarrhea, send you to the hospital, and even be fatal.

These potentially contaminated products were distributed in the U.S. in the following states to health and natural food retail stores : AK, AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, OH, OK, OR, SC, SC, TN, TX, WA, WI, and WV between April 12 and 17.

Although only this company is recalling them at present, it would be wise to avoid any brand of cacao nibs for a while until more testing is done. This recall could spread. Some internet sites suggest you buy them for your mother for Mother's Day. Unless you really hate your mother, I suggest that you get her something else - at least this year.

To your good health,

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