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Garden of Life Shake Mixes Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

Feb 18, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has joined the investigation into a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Virchow that has been linked to Raw Meal brand powdered organic shake mixes distributed by Garden of Life LLC.

Garden of Life LLC is expanding its January 29, 2016 voluntary product 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 may be contaminated with SalmonellaVirchow.

Garden of Life has requested that retailers remove the affected lots of Raw Meal from shelves. A listing of the affected products and their lot numbers and expiration dates can be found in the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) web site. Consumers can find the lot codes prominently stamped on the underside of the plastic container. Consumers may return any affected products to the point of purchase for a full refund.

Healthy people infected with salmonellaoften experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Symptoms usually emerge within 12 to 72 hours of ingesting tainted food. The illness typically lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention  (CDC). In rare circumstances, the salmonella organism can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections—infected aneurysms—endocarditis and arthritis. Some individuals may need hospitalization and treatment with antibiotics. Those at greatest risk for serious infection include children under five, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms that may be salmonella should speak with a doctor.

Garden of Life conducted extensive testing of the product and its ingredients, working in collaboration with the FDA, the manufacturer, suppliers and third-party experts, and identified the likely source of salmonellacontamination to be an organic moringa leaf powder used only in Raw Meal products. Other Garden of Life products contain moringa from different suppliers, so only Raw Meal products are exposed to salmonella. Garden of Life says new Raw Meal products will be available in stores and through online retailers within the next few weeks.

Brian Ray, Garden of Life's president said the company is reviewing "our entire sourcing, manufacturing and distribution system with an eye to making a safe system even better . . . On behalf of all of us, I apologize to everyone affected by this situation."

Consumers may direct questions about the recall to Garden of Life at 866-211-9058, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

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