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Fresh Coconut Has Chemical Smell

Does anyone know why a coconut would smell something like a cleaning product when it is opened? I recently bought one. It is full of milk and white meat, but smells chemically.

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By Doug S. from Galveston, TX

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March 10, 20100 found this helpful

From what I have read if it smells like alcohol or looks yellow it is bad. Read up on this post that I came across. I am wondering if this is what you are experiencing. Hope this helps you out. I would be demanding a refund. Lol. :)

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March 10, 20100 found this helpful

Sound to me like someone used too much or too strong of a pesticide on it. Some coconuts are grown only for making shampoos & cleaning products from & are not for eating! Maybe someone accidentally got one of these mixed up with the "eatable" ones!

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* Years back, when I was a teenager, I told my mom the meat she bought at the Safeway grocery store & served for dinner tasted like chemicals & she didn't believe me (because I've always hated meat & now I'm a vegetarian). But, fortunately she worked for Safeway in the meat department & the next day when she went in to work she found out that they had sealed the floors in the meat warehouse the day before & that there had been many other calls complaining about the strange chemical taste & smell in their meat. Apparently it was from the fumes from the floor sealer! So trustyour taste buds & your nose!

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March 10, 20100 found this helpful

Agree with the poster who already said to take that coconut back to where it came from. It's either gone bad, or was sitting on the delivery truck or the stockroom exposed to some type of chemical spill.

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If it doesn't pass the sniff test, doesn't pass your lips :)

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March 11, 20100 found this helpful

Take it back, either sprayed with too much pesticide or is rotten.

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March 11, 20100 found this helpful

I wouldn't eat it but look on the package and see if the product contains sulfates or sulfites to preserve the color. Many products contain these. I do not eat them because they can cause allergic reactions.

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March 14, 20170 found this helpful

Like everyone says here do NOT eat it, also call the store manager and have them remove it, if they refuse call the health department others may not be so savvy and could be sick or die. If one drills or poke the top first by the face or point of the coconut you should only smell sweet beautiful coconut aroma, not purtid, acid nor chemical smell.

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September 4, 20180 found this helpful

I recently purchased a coconut from The Fountain Mesa Ridge Safeway and when we cracked it open tonight it definitely had a different smell. When we tasted it it tasted like some sort of cleaner or solvent. I called the night manager to let her know and she said they have not been advised to pull them from the Shelf.

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I would advise people not to purchase them as they seem to have been exposed to something. The coconut had plenty of milk and the meat was still white in color.

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October 1, 20180 found this helpful

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