Garden of Life Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Additional Lots of Raw Meal Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Garden of Life Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Additional Lots of Raw Meal Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Garden of Life Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Additional Lots of Raw Meal Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
For Immediate Release
February 13, 2016
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Consumers
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Rhonda Price
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Announcement
Garden of Life LLC is expanding its January 29th 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. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection withSalmonella 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 check the lot number on their Raw Meal product and 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.
Following is the list of lots affected added to this recall. Consumers can find the lot codes prominently stamped on the underside of the plastic container.
February 12, 2016 Recall Lots
Item Description Lot Number UPC Sachet UPC Exp Date
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate 10 CNT Tray 47200200 658010116114 658010116107 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47215800 658010115933 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47243600 658010115933 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47198400 658010116954 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47222300 658010114141 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47248900 658010114141 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size 47225700 658010116961 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size 47198700 658010116961 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai 10 CNT Tray 47183200 658010116428 658010116435 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size 47215400 658010116947 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size 47202000 658010116947 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47200100 658010116022 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47198600 658010116022 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47198500 658010116930 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47200000 658010115933 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47243000 658010116954 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47215600 658010116046 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47202100 658010116022 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47247700 658010115933 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47247801 658010116954 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47257001 658010116954 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47246501 658010114141 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size 47269900 658010116961 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla 10 CNT Tray 47275400 658010116138 658010116121 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47247601 658010116046 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225602 658010116022 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47273200 658010116930 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47247900 658010116930 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47256902 658010115933 12/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47257100 658010116022 12/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47287600 658010116930 12/31/2017
No other Garden of Life products are affected by this recall.
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.
“The health of our consumers matters more than anything to every Garden of Life employee,” said Brian Ray, Garden of Life’s President. “We are using this as an opportunity to review our entire sourcing, manufacturing and distribution system with an eye to making a safe system even better. We will always work to be the industry leader in food safety; we expect nothing less and know you do as well. You can expect to hear more from us on this topic going forward. On behalf of all of us, I apologize to everyone affected by this situation.”
ABOUT RAW MEAL: Raw Meal is sold at better health food stores, natural grocers and online. Consumers who have a Raw Meal product affected by this recall should stop consuming the product and if they wish to return it, they should return the unused portion of the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Questions may be directed Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST to GOL Retail Support at the e mail and phone number below.
Original Press Release

* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm486234.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.