Garden of Life RAW Meal Products Linked with Salmonella Outbreaks
27 people from 20 states have fallen ill
If you use Garden of Life products, it's time to inspect your pantry. Alabama, California, Hawaii, Michigan and West Virginia are are the latest additions to a multi-state outbreak of salmonella Virchow infections thought to be linked to some of the products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The affected products have been recalled.
Garden of Life issued a recall on January 29, 2016 of a limited quantity of its RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal products available in chocolate, original, vanilla and vanilla chai. The company expanded the recall on February 12 to include additional lots.
As of this week, 27 people from 20 states have become infected. Five people were hospitalized, according to the CDC. The latest case was reported on March 13.
According to the CDC, laboratory evidence indicates RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal products are the likely source of this outbreak. The company disclosed in a news release that contamination in a supplier's Organic Moringa Leaf powder is probably to blame. "This source only supplies Moringa to the manufacturer of RAW Meal and we started using this material in September. This Moringa is not used in any other Garden of Life product or by any other manufacturer."
No other Garden of Life products are affected.
Salmonella infection symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Consumers should not consume any of the recalled products. Garden of Life recommends discarding the recalled product in a closed plastic bag and placing the bag in a sealed trash can to prevent other people or animals from eating it.
If you have questions about this recall, call 866-211-9058 or e-mail at the company at RawMealRecallInfo@gardenoflife.com.
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