Health Department: Garden of Life Expands Organic Shake Products Recall

Health Department: Garden of Life Expands Organic Shake Products Recall

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 The Kane County Health Department is advising that Garden of Life LLC is expanding its Jan. 29 voluntary recall to include additional lots of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai products because an ingredient used in certain lots of the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Virchow.
Raw Meal products are distributed throughout the United States and sold at health food stores and natural grocers. No illnesses have been reported in Kane County related to these products. For list of recalled products visit the Garden of Life website.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. If you have symptoms or concerns, please talk to your doctor.
Garden of Life has requested that retailers remove the lots of Raw Meal from sale and that consumers return any products involved in this recall to their point of purchase for a full refund.
After extensive testing of the product and its ingredients, and working in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the manufacturer, suppliers and other third-party experts, the Company has now identified the likely source of Salmonella contamination to be Organic Moringa Leaf powder from a supplier used only in Raw Meal. Because other Garden of Life products containing Moringa use different suppliers, only Raw Meal is exposed.
To prevent a recurrence of this issue, Garden of Life will remove Organic Moringa powder from Raw Meal and expects new Raw Meal products to be available in stores and through online retailers within the next few weeks. Questions may be directed to the company at 1-866-465-0051, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

SOURCE: Kane County Health Department news release

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