Garden of Life Raw Meal products are being voluntarily recalled, after having been linked to several Salmonella cases, across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, New Jersey, Tennessee and New Mexico.
The announcement was made by Garden of Life, the manufacturer of the tainted food items, in a press release published on Friday, January 29 on the official website of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Apparently, the recall refers to several types of Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal nutritional shake powders, with the following flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla Chai, Vanilla and Original.
They had been commercialized in a various array of packages and formats, including: full size, half-size and 10 CNT tray.
The food company issued the voluntary recall after several persons who had consumed the replacement shakes became infected with a particular strain of Salmonella enterica, known as Virchow.
For example, in Minnesota, officials from the Department of Health confirmed that 2 such cases had been identified: one of the patients was a kid, while the other one was an adult male, in his thirties. Neither of these two individuals required hospitalization however, and both eventually made a full recovery.
Apparently, the Garden of Life Raw Meal protein powders had been thoroughly tested by food inspectors before being distributed to grocery stores and better health retail stores and markets, and not one single batch had been deemed to be contaminated with Salmonella or any other pathogens.
Even so, executives still believed it was safest to remove the nutritional shakes from supermarket shelves, as FDA authorities are probing into the factors that led to the Salmonella outbreak.
As explained by Brian Ray, Garden of Life’s president and co-founder, the recall is probably an excessive show of care, give that no product was ever confirmed to be infected with the food-borne pathogen, but customer safety was considered more important than any potential losses incurred by the company.
Those who have already purchased Garden of Life Raw Meal products and are now concerned that their health might be at risk should know that the products included in the recall can be recognized by their expiration date, which is one of the following: September 1, 2017; September 30, 2017; October 1, 2017; or October 31, 2017.
The potentially hazardous food items have all been sold starting from November 1, 2015, and can also be distinguished by their lot number, as detailed in the news release posted by the FDA.
If customers identify any of the powdered nutrition shakes they have in their home as being associated with this potential Salmonella contamination they should immediately discard the products, or take them back to the shop where they brought them from, in order to obtain a full refund.
If anyone has already consumed Garden of Life Raw Meal products, and is now experiencing symptoms such as stomach pain and discomfort, nausea, dehydration, fever, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, they should immediately contact a medical practitioner, because they might have become infected with Salmonella.
While the food-borne disease doesn’t pose significant dangers to those who have a strong immune system, it should still be promptly addressed, given that its complications can include meningitis, endocarditis and reactive arthritis, if the infection spreads through the bloodstream.
Those wishing to receive more information regarding this recall should address their questions to Garden of Life customer representatives, at 1-866-465-0051, from Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.
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