Garden of Life, LLC Recalls Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Products Because of Possible Health Risk
For Immediate Release
January 29, 2016
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Garden of Life LLC is voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai because they have the potential to contain Salmonella Virchow. Even though Garden of Life routinely performs pathogen testing on every finished good lot to ensure safety and no product has ever tested positive for the presence of Salmonella, the company felt it was in the publicâ€™s best interest to take this voluntary action. 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. FDA is investigating illnesses.
Every lot tested negative for the presence of Salmonella prior to release to the market. Raw Meal products are distributed throughout the United States and sold at better health food stores and natural grocers.
Consumers who believe they may have a Raw Meal product affected by this recall, should look for the following lot codes prominently stamped on the underside of the plastic container. The following is the list of lots affected:
PRODUCT NAME Lot Number Exp Date
RAW Organic Meal 10 CNT Tray 47214800 9/12017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47198800 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47214600 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47215500 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47215501 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47216100 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225500 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47225900 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47249200 9/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai 10 CNT Tray 47183201 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47198601 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size 47206000 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225600 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Half Size 47225800 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47226200 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47226400 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47236000 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla 10 CNT Tray 47248000 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47248901 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47253900 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47257401 9/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47226000 10/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47216200 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225601 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47226100 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47226201 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47226300 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47246500 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47247600 10/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47247800 10/31/17
“In an overabundance of caution we are taking this extreme measure because we want to ensure that you never have to wonder about the purity of any Raw Meal product.” said Brian Ray, President of Garden of Life.
Any Raw Meal product from a lot code not listed above is entirely safe and not affected by this recall. All Garden of Life, LLCâ€™s products are manufactured in the United States at FDA and NSF audited facilities, in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices. No Garden of Life product has ever tested positive for salmonella.
If, however, a consumer has purchased a product from any of the lot codes listed above and wishes 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 to the company at 1-866-465-0051 1-866-465-0051 FREE , Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST.
* 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/ucm484027.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.